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The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is very proud and excited with the success of the 2016 Annie Oakley Festival and we are busy making preparations for this years festival. We are working to bring in more vendors and concessionaires, as well as more entertainment for everyone to enjoy, while keeping this festival a free event with free parking.


The 2016 festival started with our shooting competition. Katie Hurd won the title of 2016 Miss Annie Oakley.  We concluded our Annie Oakley Shooting Contest by attending the annual Pilgrimage to Annie Oakley's grave. We had another beautiful day for one of the oldest and dearest parades, the annual Annie Oakley Parade.  Adults and children lined the streets as they watched as over 100 entries made their way down Broadway in Greenville. We had many activities during the weekend, including story time with our 2016 Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill, and various marksmanship shooting contest, National Fast Draw Competitions and a Fast Draw Reaction 50/50.  We continued to offer the historical bus tours, family fun games, car show, and melodrama as well as various groups of musical entertainment.


We were thrilled to have The Whip Artistry Studio and the Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase by GLD Enterprises Entertainment, Ltd come back for both Friday and Saturday, as well as having a couple different thrilling horse shows on Saturday afternoon.  We had a bounce obstacle course for kids and adults to run through, and we also had the Kiddie Tractor Pulls, which brought a lot of activity and fun to the festival.


Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2017 Annie Oakley Festival to be held on July 28, 29 and 30.  We will have all of the above listed activities as well as some new events. We have some new members as the committee has grown and we are now able to bring back some events that you have been asking for.  If you would like to volunteer to help with the festival you will be welcome. We meet the second Wednesday of the month, 7pm at the Nature Center. You can also call President, JoEllen Melling at 548-1018 or email, president@annieoakleyfesitval.org.

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Entry Form
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Check out the parade page for an application and more details.


All of the forms for the 2017 festival have been updated and are available from the forms page.












The 2017 Annie Oakley Festival will be held on July 28, 29 and 30 at York Woods.


The officers for 2017 are:

JoEllen Melling, President
Judie Hathaway, 1st Vice President
Jennifer Peck,
 2nd Vice President
Kristina Robinson, Secretary
Bill Gunckle, Treasurer

Join the committee, only $5 per year. Use your voice to honor Darke County's most famous daughter.

Once you join the committee, attend the meetings and share your ideas. We meet once per month, the 2nd Wednesday, at the Nature Center on ST RT 502, at 7 pm.



The Annie Oakley Committee needs your help. We have only 12 members. If you have a few hours available that you could help us, send an email [here] and see how you could help.




In advertisements for the Wild West Show, Annie was called “Little Sure Shot”—the nickname Chief Sitting Bull, her costar, had given her. She would hit the edge of a playing card from 90 feet, and shoot it five or six more times before it hit the ground.





The Annie Oakley Festival began in the summer of 1963 as the brainchild of local individuals who sought to further the memory and image of their native daughter, “Annie Oakley – Little Miss Sure Shot.”  The festival committee is a group of volunteer citizens and business owners who dedicate themselves, along with countless hours of work, to make this annual festival Darke County’s second oldest festival.


For 33 years, the festival was held behind Garst Museum.  As the museum planned to expand and the festival continued to grow, it was decided that the festival was better suited to move to the Darke County Fairgrounds.  In 1997, the festival moved to allow more room for entertainment, activities and parking.  However, due to the cost of rent for the fairgrounds, the festival was forced to charge admission to cover the rental.

In 2014 the festival moved to York Woods, home of the Darke County Steam Threshers. The tree lined walkways add to a very relaxed atmosphere and was very well received. In 2015 the committee voted to make the festival a free event. No admission to enter and no parking fee.


The core mission of The Annie Oakley Festival is honoring Darke Counties most famous Daughter.





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