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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. 

The 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 


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 Nature Center. You can also call President, JoEllen Melling at 548-1018 or email, president@annieoakleyfesitval.org.

car show2019 Car Show flyer


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


The forms for the 2019 festival have been updated and are available from the forms page.











The 2019 Annie Oakley Festival will be held on July 26, 27 and 28 at the south end of the Darke County Fairgrounds.

We have updated the concessioner, vendor, Little Miss and Mr contest, parade and Miss Annie shooting contest forms for 2019.


Congratulations to the newly elected
 2019 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 6:30 pm, this is a change
in the starting time

The 55th Annie Oakley Festival was huge success! With over 17,600 people in attendance this year honoring Darke County’s most famous daughter, Annie Oakley, we hope that Annie Oakley would be proud of the activities that took place in her honor this weekend. The move back to the Darke County Fairgrounds (utilizing the south end of the fairgrounds and the 4H horse arena area), excellent entertainment events, great vendors and concessioner, all of those who came out to enjoy our festival, and the great weather that God blessed us with, proved this year to be an excellent Annie Oakley Festival.
The Annie Oakley Festival Committee would like to thank all who attended during the 2018 Annie Oakley Festival. We continue to meet together to bring to Darke County, a festival that is 55 years strong, is family oriented, is full of activities to enjoy, and is FREE to attend. We couldn’t put together this festival without the help of a lot of people who stand with us in honoring Annie Oakley. We would like to thank the following sponsors for helping make this weekend possible. Fraternal Order of Eagles #2177 of Greenville (sponsored all of the entertainment and activities on the grounds), Whirlpool Corporation (Kitchenaid) (sponsored advertising and publicity), Lydia Schaurer Trust, Harry D Stephens Memorial Inc, Second National Bank, City of Greenville (sponsoring the Annie Oakley Parade), Darke County Visitor’s Bureau (awarding us the 2018 Tourism Grant for the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Event), Greenville Door Sales, Wayne Builders Supply, American Legion Post 140, Premier Health, Hartzell Veterinary Services (sponsored the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Event), Wayne Healthcare, Greenville National Bank, Greenville Federal, Phelan Insurance Agency, Francis Furniture, Goubeaux & Brand, Jim Buchy, Flaig Lumber, Family Health, Williamson Insurance, Whitewater Eye Care, Edwin F Nichol, Jafe, Bill Hawkey & Associates, Edgetown Veterinary Clinic, Buffalo Wild Wings (sponsored the Little Miss and Mr Contest), Cato (sponsored the 2018 Miss Annie Oakley Contest), Pet Valu (sponsored the Weiner Dog Race and Costume Contest), and Classroom in a Box who donated our new larger signs this year.
We would also like to say thank you to the Darke County Fair Board for allowing us to use the grounds for our 2018 Annie Oakley Festival, and for many more years to come!! It is the perfect location, and gives us plenty of room 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 for all of the advertisements and releases that you did for us, Star 88.3 for your advertisements, 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, Jerry and Angie Gunckle for building the box for the Weiner Dog Races. This addition to our festival has become a HIT! Thank you for taking this on. Helens Flowers for the flowers for the shooting contest and wreath for the pilgrimage, Karen Chronister for narrating the Bus Tours, 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 for the man power to help with the parade this year, Greenville Instrumental Boosters and Community Service Workers for helping park cars, and helping keep the grounds clean, 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, Jeff Hittle, and Spittin’Image (Blain & Brian Swabb), who always bring wonderful singing to our festival and we enjoy 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 bring 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!! This is the first year of what I hope is many more to come. You brought something new to our festival, and it was so well received. We are looking forward to next year, and all of the wonderful entertainment that you brought to our festival. THANK YOU!! To the ANNIE OAKLEY FESTIVAL COMMITTEE, I cannot say Thank you enough!! You all helped put this festival together and without each and everyone 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 look forward to bringing to you another wonderful festival in 2019

JoEllen Melling, President of the Annie Oakley Festival



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.

In 2018 the festival moved back to the south part of the Darke County Fairgrounds to give the festival more room.

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





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