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The Legacy of Annie Oakley Lives

By Naiesha Thobe
Teen Scribe

Photos by Jessica Transue, Teen Scribe, and Bob Robinson, Editor

The heat may have been clutching Darke County in its grasp, but it didn’t stop the visitors to the annual Annie Oakley Days festival being held at the fairgrounds this weekend.

Many people had set up shop, selling a wide variety of items from decades-old antiques to hand crafted items. There was something for everyone during this remembrance to Darke County’s famous lady, whether it was jewelry, farm equipment, lawn ornaments... The list goes on and on.

On top of the vendors selling items, there was also plenty of food to entice the people. Ranging from BBQ Chicken dinners, to ice cream and waffle cones, to kettle corn or Phillipine food. There was no shortage of ‘fair food’ that people love to enjoy.

Aside from items being bought, there was also entertainment. A melodrama was going all weekend, free for all to enjoy. There was musical entertainment periodically throughout the weekend. The Wild West Art Show also amazed people with their spectacular ability to wield a whip. And for the younger ones, bouncing castles and the ever populer ‘worm cart’ were available.

Yes, just as the heat continues to live in Darke County, the legacy of Annie Oakley still continues to live to this day.

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