Darke County is one celebrating area. We’ve already have had several, with some more on the radar.
I’m excited about the Annie Oakley Festival coming to York Woods. It’s closer to home for me.
The event actually opens at 9 a.m. July 25, but there are some things happening before that…like the Miss Annie Oakley Shooting Contest.
Practice will be on July 22, the preliminaries on July 23 and the finals on July 24, all beginning at 6 p.m. Also featured on July 24 are the melodrama [Darke County Civic Theater’s “Haunted Hijinks or The Ghastly Ghost of Dead Man’s Gulch”] at 7:30 p.m. and the pilgrimage to Annie Oakley’s grave at 7 p.m. The pilgrimage will leave the grounds just after the shooting contest finals.
Each day, there will be family fun games [water balloon toss, sack races, rolling pin throwing for women, pole throwing for men and super farmer contest), weather permitting, as well as the melodrama.
Other highlights each day include:
• on July 25: Opening ceremonies, the Singing Fireman Brian Benedict at 1 and 3 p.m., Country Harmony from 4 to 6 p.m. and Mark Depoy and the Roadside Attraction from 7 t0 9 p.m., all at the entertainment tent.
The historical bus tours are available at 1, 3 and 6 p.m. July 26 and 1 and 3 p.m. July 27.
• On July 26: Greenville Fast Draw from 10 am. to 2 p.m., 12th annual Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase presented by GLD Enterprises at 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m., National Whip Speed and Accuracy, International Bullwhip Fast Draw, National Kiddie Tractor Pull at 4 p.m. following registration at 3 p.m., while performing at the entertainment tent will be Spittin’ Image from 1 to 3 p.m., The Classics Vocal Quartet from 4 to 5 p.m.; and Tempest from 7 to 9 p.m.
• On July 27: A non-denominational celebration at 9:30 a.m., talent show at the entertainment tent following registration from noon to 12:45 p.m., and the third annual Annie Oakley Are Show at 1 p.m.
The festival officially closes at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Weekend passes will remain the same at $3 regular and $2 pre-sale. There will be parking up close to the gate at the new location.
• The next festival will be the 63rd annual North Star Picnic at the Community Center in town [formerly North Star School] July 19 and 20.
Featured on Saturday will be the cruise-in car show from 6 to 8 p.m., and music by Renegade from 8 to 11:30 p.m.
Sunday’s activities include the Angel Race 5K Run at 9 a.m., parade at 2 p.m., antique tractor pull 2 to 6 p.m., pedal tractor pull 3 p.m., talent show 5 to 6:30 p.m., barbecue chicken starting at 4 p.m., corn hole tournament at 4 p.m., and trivia contest at 7 p.m.
Co-ed softball tournament starts at 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, and concessions will be running at all times.
• July 16 to Mike Hammontree, Jamie Best, Zachary Bartram and Stella Guthrie.
• July 17 to Janie Pepple Hammelrath, Tonia Poth (40), Brad Hiestand, Pam Hartzell, Missy Schmitz, Kyle Jordan and Mike Osterloh.
• July 18 to Dan Studabaker (55), Chloe McCabe, Noami Hathaway (10) and Rod Anthony (45).
• July 19 to Judy Barga Pierron, Patty DeMange (60), Edna Striegel, Deloris Lawrence and Randy Heck.
• July 20 to Ben Bowman, Brittany MacNutt Androne and Tim Ullery.
• July 21 to Mark Hartrum, Ryan Widener (35), Makensy Stump, Brian Petitjean, Janice Farmer, Renee Stewart, Justin Hines, Travis Burk, Sara Cromwell, Bob Peters, Scott Zumbrink and Jenna Stocker (25).
• July 22 to Katie Gibboney, Dan Smith, Sarah Dynes (30), Robyn Eby Flannery, Cody Leeper, Casey Lentz and David Dean.
Happy belated birthday to: Sammy Sloan, Linda Gasper, Eddie Collins and Wilma Murphy, all on July 9; Ilene Haluska on July 11;
Happy anniversary to Jim and Opal Hughes (65) on July 17; Gary and Susie Francis (30) on July 21; and Glen and Pat Hufford and Sherry and Paul Klingshirn, all on July 22.
Don’t forget to pray for: Allan Addington, Ben Bowman, Joe Strosnider, Doug Wright, Eddie Alexander, Millard Bowman, my parents (Bea and Lee Moody), John Dillon, Shane Williams, Connie Starline, Bob and Sandy Finkbine, Nellie Upchurch, Dave Rapier, Sue Grile, Charlie Keaser, Delbert Braund, Jim Perkins, Linda Benge Burnfield, Mary Devor, Rebecca Van De Grift, Mary Hartwick, Sandy Yagle Miller, Kent Snyder, Brenda Baker, Larry Bryson, Mike Brown (Dan’s brother), Joe Martin, Karli Doreen Wicker, Becky Stephens Keel, Susan Yagle, Steve Schafer, Cary VanDeGrift, Tracy Bailey, Josh Riffell, Tom Brumbaugh, Katie Day, Jeff and Ellie Keaser Jack Riegle, Mike and Brenda Grimes, Bill Grimes, Johnny Young, Margaret “Peg Bundy,” Jim Erwin, Dick Shook, Emily Tuco, Kevin Hemmerich, Ray Dickey Jr., John Widener Jr., Chevone Singer, Tonya Anthony, Lynn Keller, Lyla Stone, Darren Coby, Teresa Hoff Gross, Joe Martin “Bud” Self, Phyllis Turner, John Brandt, Jane Landis, Kenny Chancey, Ted Royster, Brenda Wallace, Penny Starns, Dave Sloan, Don DeBord.
Mike Monnin, Leslie Prestel, Carla Gilland, Vanna (Hannam) Abbott, Teresa (Mayo) Hammons, Sam and Melissa Strosnider, Donnie Wintrow, Suzy Heck Schilling, Addie Henderson, Lucas Bryant, Dave Morrow, Shirley (Riffell) Morrow, Mike Martin, Barbara Caupp, Barb Skinner, Mel Grile, Terry Amstutz, Patty Sells, Samantha Smith, Deb Davidson-Smith, Ron Nisonger, Daniel Redmond, Etta Walker, Glen Hufford, Pat Johnson, Howard Hemmerly, Barbara Fisher, Shannon Peters Hall, Todd Walls, Earl Moore, Linda Malott, Jim and Patsy Schneider, Curtis Miller, Ron Kramer, Holli Anderson, Melissa “Missy” Helmer, Cindy Cunningham Fleenor, Bob Leugers, Jeff Schricker, Susie Gress of Nebraska, Angel Nicely, Bob Codling Sr., Jerry Paulus.
Amber Kiser, Wyoneda Stephens, Kathy Walter, Rob Hathaway, Mac Goodpaster, Alberta Aukerman, Chuck Davis, Dolores Nestor, Linda Lore, Rylee Blanken, Julie Widener, Deputy Dave Werling, Dana Holzapfel, Earl Curry, Kara Didier, Nick Voisard, Laura Harman, Dorothy Rismiller, Betty (Koons) Tinkham, Carla Welch, Keith Hiegel, Mike Collins, Chad Wert, Greg Eubank, Shane Wetzel, Brandy Reier, Lester Ward, Zane Wetzel, Gertie Hampshire, Don Hittle, Bill Schuette and all of our military people as well as this nation and to those who suffer from such debilitating diseases as cancer, dementia and Alzheimer’s.
I removed some names off of here, but if you want them put back on, be sure to give me a call. Also if you know of someone on here whose name can be deleted, also let me know. I don’t know everyone on this list. Some of them are called in, and that’s appreciated.
Jamie and I send our condolences to the family of Ida Mae Martin, Delbert Stuart, Patricia Williamson and Carolyn Brumbaugh.
Think about it: Most people can be divided into three classes: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who have no idea what has happened.
Linda Moody is the Features Editor for The Daily Advocate. Her column appears every Sunday. She can be reached at email@example.com or by calling 937-548-3151, ext. 1750, or direct at work at 937-569-4315. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.