Memories of Mayberry is back

Valley Head will host its third-annual Memories of Mayberry on June 1st. 

The Town of Valley Head will present its third-annual Memories of Mayberry festival on June 1 at the Valley Head Town Square and Valley Head Volunteer Fire Department.

The festival is free; however, donations are always appreciated. The festivities will commence at 9 a.m.

Event Coordinator Adele Phillips said all proceeds from this event benefit the Valley Head Volunteer Fire Department.

She also said they expect around 3,000 or more people to come through.

The Memories of Mayberry festival turns back the clock to The Andy Griffith Show hometown featuring characters from the town of Mayberry.

“We will have Barney Fife, Floyd Lawson the barber portrayed by Allan Newsome, we will [also] have George Roberts as the town drunk,” Phillips said.

According to Phillips, there’s no charge to get into this event, and people are welcome to come and look if they’d like. However, she said there will be fireman boots out for people who would like to donate. Everything goes to the Valley Head Volunteer Fire Department.

“We encourage everybody to come out and visit with us that day. It’s going to be a fun day,” Phillips said.

This event is open to the whole family and will include live music, vendors, great food, a cruise-in, and games.

Phillips said Memories of Mayberry will feature kid-friendly rides, a train, bounce houses, and even pony rides. She also said they will be selling ice cream, shaved ice, lemonade, hot dogs and funnel cakes during the festival.

“We will be raffling off many things including a chance to win an Orca cooler. Tickets will be $1,” Phillips said.

The following is a list of contests and times taken place at the event:

• Aunt Bee’s Homemade Dill Pickle Contest entries must be in by 9:30 a.m. at the white tent. Entries are limited to one per person. Judging will be at 10 a.m. Sponsorship and prizes provided by Mt. Olive Pickles and Wickles Pickles.

• Pie Contest entries must be in between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

• Categories include fruit, nut, other and youth.

• watermelon contest

• Whistling contest

• Hula hoop contest (for kids)

• Jump rope contest (for kids)

Phillips said along with the various activities available that day there will also be an auction around 11:30 a.m.

“The pie contest and the pickled contest go over really good,” said Phillips.

According to Phillips, the vendors will be on the field, and the cruise-in will be around the square on the payment.

“There will be drawings for the cruise-in cars for tags and oil changes that sort of thing,” Phillips said.

The Tigers Inn Restaurant and the Rib Shack will be open for food that day. Also, the Valley Head Fire Department will be selling hot dogs.

Phillips said there would be designated parking areas available with plenty of parking right off the main road.

“It may be a hot day but come on out. We will have places for you to come in and get cool. We will have bathrooms sitting out and also in our restaurants,” Phillips said.

The musical line-up for the event is as follow: Whitney Tinker will be singing the National Anthem, Glory Road, the Darlings, Forever Country, and Still KickiN will be performing.

According to Phillips, in between those performances, there will be music playing to go along with the Mayberry theme.

Phillips said there are square dancers currently pending to perform from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

“We have numerous sponsors. We appreciate all the sponsors that we have gotten and all the vendors that are coming,” said Phillips.

Phillips said she would also like to thank the people that have donated items for the raffles because otherwise, they couldn’t make anything off the event for their Volunteer Fire Department.

Festival Shirts are available for early purchase at City Hall or Headquarters Salon. Shirts come in pink, neon yellow, blue, gray and Valley Head purple and are $15.

Phillips would like to remind and invite the public to come out Friday 31st and support the Valley Head Fire Department.

“Fire Department will be hosting a “Street Dance” at 7 p.m. in front of the Tigers Inn Restaurant,” said Phillips.

The streets will be closed off, and they will have music and dancing.

Phillips said they will be selling hot dogs and drinks.

For additional information regarding the Memories of Mayberry Festival, contact the event chair at 256-899-3776 or 256-635-6814. Further information may be found at www.ValleyHeadAlabama.com.

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