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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.

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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.


Congratulations to 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 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 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.





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