DARKE COUNTY — The Darke County Commissioners have proclaimed the dates of July 24-26 to be the Annie Oakley Festival to be held at York Woods, north of Greenville just off of U.S. 127 at 6129 Reed Road.
The proclamation states that the festival began in the summer of 1963 by individuals who sought to further the memory, the history and legacy of their native daughter, Annie Oakley.
The committee is a group of volunteer citizens and business owners, who dedicate themselves and many countless hours to provide this community with an enjoyable and educational weekend festival.
It was noted on the proclamation that the festival committee strives to bring to the festival a variety of entertainment and family-oriented activities, while making this year’s festival a free festival for all to attend.
The event opens at 9 a.m. Friday and runs through 9 p.m. Hours on Saturday are also 9 to 9, while Sunday’s events are scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The parade will highlight Saturday’s activities and it begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Greenville.
Throughout the weekend there will be marksmanship shoot-outs, the Western Arts Showcase, fast-draw competition, fast-draw reaction, talent showcase, historical bus tours, lots of entertainment including a melodrama all three days, family fun games, a car show and storytime. New this year will be the Parelli Horsemanship demonstrations and cowboy mounted shooting with two performances per day.
Serving on the committee are President JoEllen Melling; First Vice President Judie Hathaway; Second Vice President Jennifer Peck; Secretary Darlene Meyers; and Treasurer April Osborne.