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Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2018 Annie Oakley Festival to be held on July 27, 28 and 29.  We will have all of the above listed activities as well as some new events. We have some new members as the committee has grown and we are now able to bring back some events that you have been asking for.  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 York Woods.


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.


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





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