"On that weekend, we're celebrating the anniversary of `The Andy Griffith Show' and Andy Griffith's legacy and life," said Jones. "And we're celebrating the whole atmosphere of Mayberry, the simpler time."
People come to Mount Airy "to walk where he walked," said Tanya Jones, executive director of the Surry Arts Council. "This is Andy Griffith's hometown. You go to Salzburg in Europe because Mozart was born there. This town influenced his creation of the fictional town. I don't think in any way that Mayberry is Mount Airy. But I definitely, absolutely, unequivocally think Mount Airy influenced his creation."