DARKE COUNTY — The Annie Oakley Festival committee is accepting applications for the annual Annie Oakley Parade on July 30. Many comments have been received stating that last year’s parade was the best parade ever.

“The committee is working hard to surpass the response from last year and needs your help,” a spokesperson said.

“Military groups, church and school groups, 4-H clubs and Boy Scouts and Girl Scout troops are all encouraged to obtain your application now. Commercial and business entities are also welcome. Governmental agencies, police, fire, and EMS units from all around the area invited to participate. We are very proud to announce that the 2016 Annie Oakley Parade Marshal will be Dean and Arlene Bankson.”

Questions concerning the parade can be directed to Jennifer Peck, parade chair, at [email protected] or by calling 937-467-3160. Parade applications may also be downloaded from annieoakleyfestival.org.

The parade will form at the Darke County Fairgrounds and leave Gate 2 at approximately 9:45 a.m. The parade route of Fair Street to Washington Avenue and then to South Broadway will be lined with thousands of eager Darke countians to view the parade. The downtown businesses will be open and offering many Annie Oakley Days specials. After stopping in front of the courthouse for the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, the parade will continue on South Broadway and disband at the traffic circle.

“Please plan to participate in this sure to be memorable Annie Oakley Parade and help keep the tradition alive,” the spokesperson said.

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