Every year, the town of Addison, Ala., sets aside the second Saturday in October to celebrate the life of one of America’s best-known comic entertainers – Pat Buttram. Best remembered for his role as Mr. Haney on the long-running television series “Green Acres,” Buttram is honored in his hometown of Addison with a day of wholesome family fun, old-fashioned contests, a parade, and live music.
Sponsored by the Civitan Club, Pat Buttram Day begins at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the Addison Community Center and Park located on Highway 41, just off of Highway 278. From 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., everyone is invited to all-you-can-eat pancakes for $5 per person. At 9 a.m., a parade featuring replicas of the Mayberry squad car makes its way down on Highway 41 North through the downtown area and back to the Addison Community Center and Park. Live music gets underway at 10 a.m. in the park and barbecue, hamburgers and hot dogs are available to purchase for those who missed out on the pancakes.
During the festival, family members of Buttram are on hand sharing stories of the famous actor and Buttram’s western films and various shows will be playing in the Community Center.
Following the theme of a simpler time, there are clothes washing demonstrations using a wash board and Mayberry tribute artist Kenneth Junkin of Gordo will be on hand entertaining the crowd with his impersonation of the Otis Campbell character from “The Andy Griffith Show”. Other activities include a quilt show, music, and buck dancing. For the children, activities include a bubblegum bubble blowing contest, ring toss, hula-hoop contest, a tricycle race, train rides, inflatables, and face painting in a carnival-type atmosphere.
Festival hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all events are held in the Addison Community Center and Park unless otherwise noted. Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.