Organizers even have a Mayberry Downhill Derby planned near Ellis Park that includes a “Just for Fun” category open to anyone and any car, and a competitive division for the more serious Soap Box Derby racers.
Online registration is now underway. Participants must be at least 8 years old to participate as each category will be divided into two age groups: 8-16 and 16 and up.
"Similar festivals in North and South Carolina, one of which the Borns visited last year, provided inspiration for some of the activities," said Born. "But local organizers also came up with fresh ideas for Mayberry in the Midwest."
Organizers expect thousands of visitors each day. They will host a meet-and-greet event with limited tickets available the Friday night before the festival at Twin Bridges Golf Course.
The Dugan family is a title sponsor for Mayberry in the Midwest, but the town is seeking additional sponsors and volunteers, said Laura Parker, Danville Assistant Town Manager and a Downtown Danville Partnership board member.
“We have been building our reputation as a town that offers great festivals and events, so Mayberry in the Midwest is another opportunity for Danville to shine,” Parker said. “Because of Mayberry’s appeal and Danville’s reputation, this festival is bound to be the biggest by far. We can’t wait to roll out the red carpet for Mayberry fans from across the country.”
For more information, visit www.MayberryInTheMidwest.com or visit its Facebook page by searching for Mayberry in the Midwest.