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.
The Annie Oakley Festival, which dates back to 1963, will be held from July 27-29.
Here are a few good reasons to go:
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.
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.
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.
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