A family-friendly festival featuring live entertainment including western arts, cowboy mounted shooting, musical performances and much more. As always, we also have a variety of food trucks and craft vendors.
It's all in honor of Darke County's most famous daughter!
Welcome to the 2021 Annie Oakley Festival
A Word from the President
The Annie Oakley Festival was, once again, a huge success as we celebrated our 56th year! The Annie Oakley Festival Committee would like to thank everyone who attended during the 2019 Annie Oakley Festival. We meet throughout the year, to work together, to offer to everyone a festival that is growing bigger each year, is a free festival to attend, is full of lots of entertainment and activities to enjoy, and honors Darke County’s most famous daughter, Annie Oakley. We hope that throughout our weekend of activities, Annie Oakley would be proud of everything that took place to honor her. I am sure that she would be very proud of our new 2019 Miss Annie Oakley, Madison Werner.
The Annie Oakley Festival would not be possible without the help of a lot of people who stand with us in honoring Annie Oakley. We would like to thank the following sponsors who helped make the 2019 Annie Oakley Festival possible: Fraternal Order of Eagles #2177 of Greenville (sponsored entertainment), Whirlpool Corporation (Kitchenaid) (sponsored advertising), Harry D Stephens Memorial Inc (sponsored the Historical Bus Tour, American Western Arts Showcase, and the Melodrama), Second National Bank, City of Greenville (sponsored the Annie Oakley Parade), The Annie Oakley Center Foundation (sponsored the 2019 Miss Annie Oakley Shooting Competition), Greenville Federal, Premier Health, Greenville Door Sales, Wayne Builders Supply, Hartzell Veterinary Service (sponsored the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA)), Wayne Healthcare, Greenville National Bank, Dick Lavy Trucking (sponsored the Kiddie Tractor Pulls), Francis Furniture, Fram Group (sponsored the Annie Oakley Parade), Jim Buchy, Phelan Insurance, Norcold (sponsored Family Fun Day), Jafe Decorating, Edwin Nickol, Mote & Associates, the Law Office of Rudnick & Hosek Ltd (sponsored the 2019 Little Miss and Mr Contest), Pet Valu, Keller Drive Thru, and the Moose of Greenville (sponsored the Wiener Dog Race and Costume Contest), and Classroom in a Box who donated our new signs this year.
We would also like thank the Darke County Fair Board for, again, allowing us to use the grounds for our 2019 Annie Oakley Festival, and for many more years to come!! It gives us the ability to look at ideas for the future and how we can continue to grow. Thank you so much!! We would like to also thank the following people and companies for what they did to help us: Gregory Peck Sound, for setting up sound for the festival and parade, and giving us equipment for the various events, The Early Bird and Bluebag Media and the Daily Advocate for all of the advertisements and releases that you did for us and helping to promote the Annie Oakley Festival, Rapid Printing for printing all of our literature this year, Dave Knapp for providing us with vehicles for the parade, Harry Birt’s Store for the candy for our games, Helens Flowers for the flowers for the shooting contest and wreath for the pilgrimage, Karen Chronister for narrating the Bus Tours, Wolf Tent for the numerous tents that we needed for various entertainment and other tents needed on the grounds, Waymire Barns for the use of your barns for Headquarters, Souvenirs, and Melodrama, Carts and Parts for the use of golf carts for committee members, City of Greenville and the Ham Radio Association for the man power to help with the parade this year, Farmers State Bank employees, Greenville Instrumental Boosters, and Community Service Workers for helping park cars, and helping around wherever needed, you did a great job!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
We would like to thank all of those that took part in our festival as a Vendor or Concessioner, who were there for all who attended, worked hard, and provided for what our visitors were looking for. We thank our entertainment, Country Harmony, Sereena Barga, Spittin’Image (Blain & Brian Swabb), Jeff Hittle, and Joseph Helfrich who each brought wonderful music to our festival. We enjoyed listening to you. Thank you for sharing your talent with all in attendance. Gery L Deer and the Ohio Western Arts Showcase, you were awesome as always, and keep people coming back for more. Darke County Civic Theater, you brought an awesome Melodrama to our festival, and we are proud to have you as a part of our festival, and for always providing a wonderful performance. Jesse Peters and the Ohio Mounted Shooting Association, we thank you so much for returning this year and for many years to come!! You are another fantastic form of entertainment, that people from all over come to see. Harry Ballangee and the National Fast Draw Competition, thank you so much for always coming and bringing this wonderful competition to our festival. We always enjoy coming over and watching. To all of those who came from all over for the Annie Oakley Car Show, we thank you for sharing your love of fabulous vehicles with everyone there. To the Kiddie Tractor Pullers, thank you so much for providing a fun time for the kids that attend. It is always a blast to watch them work so hard move that tractor down the track. The Wiener Dog Races were another huge hit, and we thank all of those who brought their dogs out for the race and the costume contest. The Swinging 8’s Square Dancers were a new addition this year that people enjoyed watching and participating in. To the ANNIE OAKLEY FESTIVAL COMMITTEE, I cannot say Thank you enough!! You all helped put this festival together and without each and every one of you, this festival would not have happened. I AM PROUD TO BE A PART OF THE ANNIE OAKLEY FESTIVAL COMMITTEE AND FOR HONORING ANNIE OAKLEY THIS WEEKEND!
Once again, thank you to all who attended. You are the ones who make the Annie Oakley Festival successful. We hope that you had a great year enjoying all of the entertainment and activities that we offered. We especially appreciate all of your wonderful comments regarding the Annie Oakley Festival. We look forward to bringing to you another wonderful festival in 2020.
JoEllen Melling, President of the Annie Oakley Festival Committee