Mount Airy Autumn Leaves Festival

We’re getting to love these small town festivals! Mount Airy is a town of about 10,000 people, about 45 minutes north of us, in a beautiful setting at the foot of the Blue Ridge mountains. It was the birthplace and childhood home of Andy Griffith, and is the inspiration for the “Mayberry” setting of the Andy Griffith Show. In this part of the world, you can see a rerun of the Andy Griffith Show every day. Personally, that’s way, way, way too much Andy Griffith for me, but I guess it’s kinda cool. The spirit lives on with Mayberry art, old fashion police cars, stores and products, etc.


Main Street, Mt Airy, with the Blue Ridge in the background.


See!? Mayberry stuff.


See!? Andy of Mayberry art.


The traditional long line for a "pork chop sandwich, all the way" at Snappy Lunch!


Remember Ron Howard as Opie?


Gail and April at the festival. Gail is turning into a southern girl, a sunny 75 degrees and wearing her coat!


April, Amanda and Gail with a bloomin' onion. Deep fried, of course!


Some dude preparing a little pork!


Gail was on the prowl for a turkey leg, and she found one!


nom nom nom nom!


Trying my very first deep fried Oreo!


I liked it! I liked it!

It was a great day! I’m grateful for so many things, especially the deep fried Oreos! 🙂