Rain slows sales in the Triad; vendors still satisfied

The rain slowed down several events across the Triad Saturday, but vendors said they’re relieved sales weren’t a complete bust.

Mary Higgins was selling flags at the Flag Designs By Cheryl tent in Thomasville’s Everybody Days festival and said sales would have been better if the sun was out.

She said luckily, her work is waterproof.

“I am actually so surprised how many people are still out here even though it’s raining,” she said. “We’ve still been selling flags right on through the day.”

Meanwhile at Mt. Airy’s Mayberry Days, artist Thad Cox set up a tent to keep all of his Andy Griffith artwork dry.

“I think it’s made some difference,” Cox said. “But a lot of people come from out of state, so they’ve already made plans. We’re just dealing with the weather, dealing with the rain.”

The storms certainly did not keep out the characters. George Lindsey, Jr. gets several laughs as he reenacts some of his father’s famous silly faces.

“My Dad was Goober on the Andy Griffith Show,” he said, laughing and mimicking “Goober Pyle” noises.

“Nah, rain or shine we were in the parade in the rain. Whatever! You just get out there and do it.”

Lindsey, Jr. traded out the sunshine in L.A. to come to Mayberry Days in honor of his father. George Lindsey, Sr. died in May of this year. Andy Griffith himself died just two months later.

“It’s nice to come out here,” said Lindsey, Jr. “It does make me sad. But then again, I come here and everyone is just wonderful. Andy recently passed after Dad. So it’s nice to get here and everybody’s just got everybody’s back.”

Cox said in troubled times, Mayberry Days is a reminder of good friends, rain or shine.

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