Annie Oakley: native Ohioan, world-famous sharpshooter, and a legend in our region.
Every year, shooting competitions, a parade, a festival and dozens of other events are held in her honor in and around her Darke County home.
The Annie Oakley Festival, which dates back to 1963, will be held from July 26-28 in Greenville.
Here are a few good reasons to go beyond the real-life history lesson:
1. LEGENDARY SIDEWALK SALES
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 leading up to and during the festival. Some highlights:
KitchenAid will offer some of its best sale prices of the year on kitchen appliances, bakeware and kitchen gadgets, including doorbusters and free gifts with purchase, starting Thursday, July 25 during the annual Legendary Sidewalk Sale.
The Cozy Nest will have sales every day during the sidewalk sales. 20% off on Thursday, 15% off on Friday, and 10% off on Saturday.
Sadie Grace will have select apparel, accessories and shoes on sale for up to 75% off.
2. OLD-FASHIONED ADVENTURE
What better way to honor a sharpshooting legend than by doing the very thing that made Annie Oakley so famous?
The festival includes a shooting contest for young women and a fast draw contest. The parade, historical impersonators, musical entertainment, bus tours, talent show and demonstrations including knife throwing, whip cracking and more will add to the sense of adventure.
3. OLD-FASHIONED FAMILY FUN
This event is ideal for families as well. During festival hours, enjoy family games, kiddie tractor pulls and wiener dog races and dog costume contest on Sunday.
WANT TO GO?
What: Annie Oakley Festival
When: July 26-28. 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