THE ANNIE OAKLEY FESTIVAL HAS MOVED TO THE DARKE
COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS AS OF THE 2018 FESTIVAL
The 2018 Annie Oakley
Committee has signed a contract with the Darke County Fair Board, to
move the yearly Annie Oakley Festival to the Darke County Fairgrounds,
South Show Arena Area, beginning with the 2018 festival.
Annie Oakley Festival Committee is very excited that we will be
celebrating the 55th year of our festival at the Darke County
Fairgrounds, and we are looking forward to the endless number of
possibilities of activities that will take place at our festival in the
years to come. We are planning to have all of the activities that we
have had in the past few years, with the addition of a few new ones.
We are still planning to have live entertainment, the melodrama, the
parade, historical bus tours, shooting contests, Car show, Kiddie
Tractor Pulls, family fun events each day, shooting contests, and this
year, we will be adding a Cowboy Mounted Shooting Contest at the Annie
Oakley Festival. We will also have a wonderful lineup of Vendors and
Concessioners, to help complete your experience. Please plan to come and
enjoy all of the activities that will take place at our festival, all
free of charge .
If you would like more information or would be
interested in being a sponsor of this year’s festival, please contact
the President, JoEllen Melling. If you would be interested in being a
vendor or concessioner, please contact the 1st Vice President, Richard
Robinson. If you are interested in being in the Annie Oakley Parade,
please contact the 2nd Vice President, Jennifer Peck. Visit our website:
www.annieoakleyfestival.org, and go to the contacts page to send a
message to any of these officers. #AnnieOakleyFest
FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE 2018 ANNIE OAKLEY FESTIVAL!!
JoEllen M Melling
President, Annie Oakley Festival Committee
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
Center. You can also call
President, JoEllen Melling at
548-1018 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry Form and flyer
Check out the parade page for an
application and more details.
Some forms for the 2018 festival have been updated and are available from the forms page.
The 2018 Annie Oakley Festival will be held on July 27, 28
and 29 at the Darke County Fairgrounds.
the newly elected
2018 officers of the Annie Oakley Committee.
President - JoEllen Melling
1st Vice President - Rick Robinson
2nd Vice President - Jennifer Peck
Secretary - Kristina Robinson
Treasurer - Bill Gunckle
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
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.
In 2018 the festival moved back to the Darke County Fairgrounds
to allow for the growing festival and more space for parking. The
festival remains a free festival with free parking.
The core mission of The Annie Oakley Festival is honoring Darke
Counties most famous Daughter.