Mayberry Days draws twenty-five thousand of the most devoted Andy Griffith Show fans to the real-life Mayberry for a fall festival. The first Mayberry Day, a one-day affair, was staged in 1990, organized to coincide with the thirtieth anniversary of the Griffith Show's debut. A lot has changed in twenty-six years. Mayberry Days now stretches across five days of the September calendar, the centerpiece of an $80 million annual tourist industry in little Surry County, with 95 percent of it lavished on Mount Airy.
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