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
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
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE 2018 ANNIE OAKLEY FESTIVAL!!
JoEllen M Melling
President, Annie Oakley Festival Committee
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
548-1018 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the parade page for an
application and more details.
The forms for the 2018 festival have been updated and are available from the forms page.
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!!
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 2019 Annie Oakley Festival will be held on July 26, 27
and 28 at the south end of 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 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.