Gordo’s Tribute Artist Bringing Mayberry Friends to Sock Hop


The Gordo Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring a Mayberry Sock Hop featuring Mayberry tribute artists on Saturday, April 21 from 7 p.m. -10 p.m. at Gordo Elementary School’s Auditorium. Gordo’s very own Otis Campbell, also known as Kenneth Junkin, sat down with me to talk about some of the artists coming to perform and the special things that will be happening during the Sock Hop and throughout that weekend.

“We hope people will dress up,” said Junkin. “We are encouraging bobby socks, poodle skirts, penny loafers, peg-leg blue jeans, pompadours, leather jackets, and slick hair. It is not required, but we hope several will dress that era.” The Chamber is hoping to have about 300 people come out for the fun. There have been good responses and, said Junkin, “We are hoping that carries over to ticket sales.”

The tribute artists will be mingling, maybe dancing, and reacting to the patrons. In between dances, there will be trivia from the era, TV commercial trivia, and old TV theme songs. “People are going to need to rest,” said Junkin, “and hopefully getting photos.”

“We’ve (the Mayberry tribute group) been traveling the nation for years. They are my second family,” said Junkin. The artists perform about eight to ten shows a year. “We have been as far as Jackson, Miss.,” he said. “Some of us have been as far as California as individuals.”

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