We’re going to be honest here, you had us at “pie.” We didn’t have to read more about this inaugural festival or all of the great events scheduled for the weekend. Pie was enough. But for those of you looking for a great time this weekend (sweet tooth or not), head to Lebanon, Kentucky in Marion County for the first-ever Mayberry Pie Festival August 13-16, 2015.
We’ve made it no secret that these Small Town, Kentucky festivals are some of our absolute favorite road trips. With local charm and traditions, delicious food, and some of the greatest citizens of the Commonwealth, you can’t beat them. Here’s what’s in store for you in Lebanon-turned-Mayberry this weekend:
Bringing their acts to town are comedians Michael J and Joey I.L.O., who portray Barney Fife and Otis in the traveling comedy show, “Barney Fife Fully Loaded,” and Karen Knotts, the daughter of Don Knotts and originator of the tribute show, “Tied Up in Knots.” Other Mayberry fun includes a Pub Crawl with Otis, live music with the Honeysuckle String Band, a pie eating contest (see you there), fishing tournaments, and a screening of a Don Knotts movie.
Never been to Lebanon? You’re missing out! Lebanon is the “Heart of Bourbon Country.” The epicenter of Kentucky barrel and bourbon making. Other attractions include the Maker’s Mark Distillery, Limestone Branch Distillery, the Kentucky Cooperage, and WhiteMoon Winery. For outdoor enthusiasts, Gorley Naturalist Trail presents challenging hiking and biking and the scenic splendor of 47 bridges. Incorporated as a city in 1815, Lebanon played a crucial role during the Civil War and is today on the Civil War Discovery Trail.