— The creators of an iconic Central Indiana attraction known for its down-home cooking, replica police cruiser sitting out front and other charms that pay homage to the legendary 1960s sitcom, “The Andy Griffith Show,” received statewide recognition for their service to Indiana tourism on Wednesday.
Brad and Christine Born, owners of the Mayberry Café in Danville, were one of 18 recipients of the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Hoosier Hospitality Awards during an afternoon ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse.
Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann presented the Borns and other honorees with their awards in conjunction with Visit Indiana Week, May 5-11, which is also National Tourism Week.
“Indiana has a national reputation for Hoosier hospitality, and the men and women we acknowledge exemplify excellence in service,” Ellspermann said, in a press release. “It is with great pleasure that we honor the best of the best in an industry vitally important to Indiana’s economy.”
Since 1992, the Borns have not only served up good food and plenty of nostalgia on the Historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Danville, but they also have been a tourism fixture for Hendricks County and the state. Lovers of the “Andy Griffith Show” come in droves every year from all over the U.S. and even other countries to visit the Mayberry Cafe.
“I often told Christine they should have a map of the world where people could pin their hometown because they have visitors from so many far-off places,” said Cathy Foreman, a former waitress and long-time friend of the Borns. “After a good lunch or dinner and some investigation around the Café, folks would often ask about what else there was to do in town. Or, they wanted to know about our town and the people that lived here, so the Borns have truly become tourism ambassadors.”
The Borns attended the ceremony with Foreman, who now works for Sycamore Printing in Danville. Representatives from Visit Hendricks County, who nominated the Borns, also joined in the celebration.
Visitors spend an estimated $10 billion each year in Indiana, and tourism accounts for 200,000 jobs statewide. Here in Hendricks County, tourism contributes more than $219 million annually to the local economy, and employs nearly 3,000 people.
The Hendricks County Tourism Commission or Visit Hendricks County attracts visitors to the county by promoting and developing tourism, which stimulates economic growth and enhances quality of life.
For more information on Visit Hendricks County, find it on Facebook at Facebook.com/VisitHendricksCounty or follow it on Twitter @HendricksCounty. Updates are also available by following or subscribing to the tourism blog at TourHendricksCounty.com/blog.
For more information, visit the website at TourHendricksCounty.com or call 718-8750.