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Mount Airy celebrates Mayberry at annual festival

Betty Lynn, actress who played Thelma Lou on "The Andy Griffith Show", poses with statue of "Andy" and "Opie" characters from the television series, Mount Airy, North Carolina. Betty Lynn, actress who played Thelma Lou on "The Andy Griffith Show", poses with statue of "Andy" and "Opie" characters from the television series, Mount Airy, North Carolina.

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina town that inspired "The Andy Griffith Show" is bringing Mayberry to life at a weekend festival.

Mount Airy is hosting its 24th annual Mayberry Days festival. It started Thursday and continues through Sunday.

This year's festival features guest appearances from actors on the show and a bluegrass concert honoring musician Doug Dillard, who played one of the "Darling Boys" on several episodes.

Already, the festival has included the donation to the Andy Griffith Museum of a jumpsuit worn by actor George Lindsey, who played Goober. Lindsey wore the jumpsuit on the show while working at Wally's Service Station.

Saturday's schedule includes the Mayberry Days Parade and various contests such as checkers, Mayberry trivia, an apple peel-off and a pork chop sandwich eating contest.

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