AVON — Prior to the inaugural Mayberry in the Midwest festival this weekend in Danville, several tribute artists and former cast members of the “Andy Griffith Show” took a tour of the county.
The media tour made a stop at the Hendricks County Flyer office where the artists visited with the staff and sat down for interviews.
Mayberry in the Midwest is a two-day festival going in Danville this weekend. The schedule is packed with events, with most carrying a Mayberry theme.
Jeanette Kleiber entered and won the contest to be the official Aunt Bee for the festival.
“I live right across the Hendricks County line in Putnam County,” Kleiber said. “I had a few friends that gave me a little shove to enter the contest.”
The contest was sponsored by the Hendricks County Museum which is just a block of the square in Danville. The museum is the former county jail and sheriff’s quarters.
“I thought I would just be in the museum all day frying chicken and baking pies — I didn’t know anything about this media tour,” she said. “It was my first time on TV and I can tell you my knees were knocking. I’ve never been a celebrity in my whole life! I think I’ll stick to just being nana.”
Kleiber is very familiar with Danville, having worked at Dave’s All-America Pizza for many years then working at Casey’s after retirement.
“I just love people,” she said. “I’m very excited to meet a lot of people this weekend.”
Professional tribute artist Kenneth “Otis” Junkin has be a part of 24 Mayberry Days events over the past 18 years.
“We came out to Danville to help plan the events for this weekend,” Junkin said. “I really enjoy Danville. It really is a lot like Mayberry.”