Annie Oakley uses a mirror to shoot over her shoulder in an undated photograph. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE ANNIE OAKLEY CENTER AT THE GARST MUSEUM
Photo: National Annie Oakley Center
Photo: National Annie Oakley Center

Reasons to go to the Annie Oakley Festival this weekend — including shopping

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.

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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

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. 

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Sadie Grace will have select apparel, accessories and shoes on sale for up to 75% off. 

Granny’s Corner Frame Shop will have sales on frames, and mats will be available for $5. Visit the Main Street Greenville website for more up-to-date info on sales. 

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 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.

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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 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

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