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Reasons to go to the Annie Oakley Festival this weekend — and one may surprise you

Annie Oakley: native Ohioan, world-famous sharpshooter, and a living legend in our region.

Every year, shooting competitions, a parade, a festival and dozens of other events are honored in her name in and around her home city of Greenville.

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Annie Oakley, known as "Little Miss Sure Shot," was born in Darke County north of Greenville. She and her husband Frank Butler, a professional exhibition shooter, traveled the world with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL ANNIE OAKLEY CENTER AT THE GARST MUSEUM

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The Annie Oakley Festival, which dates back to 1963,  will be held from July 27-29. 

Here are a few good reasons to go:

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The Kitchen Aid Experience. (Lisa Powell)

1. LEGENDARY SIDEWALK SALES

This part may surprise you! One of the little-known secrets of this festival are the mega-sidewalk sales in Greenville. Many downtown businesses will offer special deals and sales from July 26-29, with even a few opening on Sunday for extended hours, including KitchenAid Experience. Some highlights: 

The KitchenAid Experience will be offering some of its lowest prices on kitchen small appliances and gadgets. Get in line early for the best deals! Be warned that lines can get long. 

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Sadie Grace will have select apparel, accessories and shoes on sale. Sweet Annie's Cabin will be offering 25 percent off apparel, kitchen items and more now until the festival at the end of the month. Visit the Main Street Greenville website for more up-to-date info on sales and info on how to get a KitchenAid coupon. 

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The 53rd Annie Oakley Festival will be held from July 29-31, 2016 at York Woods, 6129 Reed Rd., Versailles. Contributed photo.

2. OLD-FASHIONED ADVENTURE

What better way to honor a sharpshooting legend than by doing the very thing that made Miss Oakley so famous? 

The festival includes a shooting contest for young women, a fast draw contest, horse show, historical impersonators, daily story time for the children, bus tours, a talent show and demonstrations including knife throwing, whip cracking and more. 

 

3. OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY FUN

This event is ideal for families as well. During festival hours, enjoy storytime with Annie, family games, kiddie tractor pulls, horse shows on Friday and Saturday and wiener races on Sunday.

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The 53rd Annie Oakley Festival will be held from July 29-31, 2016 at York Woods, 6129 Reed Rd., Versailles. Contributed photo.

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WANT TO GO?

What: Annie Oakley Festival 

When: July 27-29. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Darke County Fairgrounds, 800 Sweitzer St., Greenville

Cost: Free admission

More info: WebsiteFacebook

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