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All of the forms for the 2016 festival have been updated and are available from the forms page.











The Annie Oakley Festival is about to begin it’s 53rd year, and we are so excited about all of the wonderful activities and events that will be taking place during this upcoming weekend.  We invite you to come out, relax, and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of York Woods, just a few miles away from where Annie Oakley was laid to rest.  

We have so much going on throughout the weekend, so please be sure to stop out and see us.  If you are from out of town, please feel free to stop by our Annie Oakley Headquarters, and let us know where you are from.  It gives us the chance to meet you and see how far Annie Oakley’s history has reached out.  So, stop by, pick up a brochure, and see all of the wonderful activities that will take place each and every day.

We officially open up Friday morning, July 29, 2016, at 9:00 am, and we are looking forward to a wonderful festival.  Come out and we are sure that you will have a wonderful time.  Check out our website:  www.annieoakleyfestival.org, for any updates to events that are coming.

We hope to see you there!

JoEllen Melling


The officers for 2016 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.


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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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