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Party bringing back television's Mayberry

Bret Harris will return as Deputy Barney Fife for Saturday’s Mayberry party at the home of Linda and Rheuben Beach.

By KATE THURSTON - kthurston@newsexaminer.com

What started as a 50th anniversary celebration has rolled into a fun time for a couple to bring characters from the mythical TV town of Mayberry to their home.

Linda and Rheuben Beach celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year with an Andy Griffith-themed party. They enjoyed it so much they decided to have another this Saturday.

The day will include Barney Fife on a high-speed chase, bluegrass music, trivia games and plenty of food.

“This is going to be a great time, we just love doing this,” Linda Beach said. “We have so much fun with it, we have been so busy this week getting ready for it. Everyone is invited, we hope that everyone will come out and enjoy the fun!”

Around 2:30 p.m. Barney will be chasing down a speeding woman and from there the party will come alive.

The Joy River Band will be performing, representing The Darlins. They will play on and off during the day and there will be a few skits.

“We ask people to be there around 2:20 p.m. to see the car chase. After that we just want to have a good time and play the trivia game, where the winner will receive a prize.”

The gang will all be there, including Andy, Barney, Goober, Ernest T. Bass and other beloved Mayberry folks.

The “Andy Griffith Show” took place in the TV town of Mayberry, N.C., from 1960-68, and the town lived on in the show “Mayberry R.F.D.” from 1968-71.

Linda and her daughter, Tricia McQueen have also hosted girls movie nights at the place they like to call, “Memory Lane,” birthday parties and anniversaries.

“We had a girls movie night and we all dressed up like 50’s characters, it was fun,” McQueen said. “We might do something like that again.”

“This is good, clean fun for the entire family. Let us entertain you, there is no charge. We just like to make people laugh and entertain them.”

Those attending should bring a lawn chair and are welcome to dress up in 50’s attire. The party will be at 1970 W. CR 400 N, Connersville.