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2015 Car Show winners
1 st Place    Jack Hale Bradford
2 nd Place    Dave Cline Greenville
3 rd  Place   Joey Holsapple Arcanum

2015 Essay Winners

1st Isabelle Rammel

St. Mary's Catholic School

2nd Libby Fox

Franklin Monroe Elementary

3rd Selene Weaver

Franklin Monroe Schools



Annie Oakley Festival is free this year

The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is working non-stop to continue to provide Darke County with a family-oriented event.

Committee members are taking a leap of faith and have voted to make this year, 2015, a free event to the public.

“Last year, the festival moved to York Woods and had a really good year,” said President JoEllen Melling. “They have heard the requests of the residents of Darke County, so this year, they will not be charging the public any fee to enter the event or to park. They will also have ample handicapped parking available. With this leap, they are asking for sponsors to help take care of the cost of the festival. If you are a business, club, organization, or private individual who would be willing to help sponsor or volunteer at the Annie Oakley Festival 2015, please contact Hannah Linebaugh at (937) 338-5221 or hc.linebaugh@gmail.com. They will gladly sit down with you and go over our sponsorship levels.”

The committee is proud of the accomplishments of the Annie Oakley Festival in the past and is proud that it can once again make this a free event to those attending.




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


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











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.

2015 Talent Show Winners

Dance Category
1st Place  Jason Yost, Jr.
2nd Amara Erbaugh
3rd Tori Sandlin

Singing Category
1st Michelle Fannin
2nd Kim Fourman
3rd Kyleigh Ryan


talent show form


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.

Thank you Darke County

I would like to personally thank all of the many volunteers, sponsors, community members and my fellow committee members for making this years Annie Oakley Festival one of the best in the past several years. A special thank you to all of the vendors and food vendors that set up in the woods. We had a great time with you all and I saw many, many people carrying out items they had purchased with large smiles on their faces.


The 52nd Annie Oakley Festival was truly a family friendly event with something for everyone. Three days of activities that were totally free with FREE admission and FREE parking. Great free entertainment from the Darke County Civic Theater melodrama, the Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase,  the Historical Bus Tours, the marksmanship contest, National Fast Draw Competition, Talent Show, Family Fun Games and Story Time with Annie, Buffalo Bill and meeting the 2015 Miss Annie Oakley.


The 4th annual car show, meeting the Ohio Cardinal Semi Pro Football Team, the Ohio National Guard, and one of our new events; Parelli Horsemanship Demos and Cowboy Mounted Shooting.  We also had 5 free concerts in the entertainment tent.


The 52nd Annie Oakley Festival is now history but the planning for the 53rd has already begun. Become a part of this exciting, growing festival. Your comments, suggestions, and ideas are always welcome.





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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