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Annie Oakley Committee prepares for 2017 festival

The Annie Oakley Festival Committee is very proud and excited with the success of the 2016 Annie Oakley Festival and we are busy making preparations for this years festival. We are working to bring in more vendors and concessionaires, as well as more entertainment for everyone to enjoy, while keeping this festival a free event with free parking.

The 2016 festival started with our shooting competition. Katie Hurd won the title of 2016 Miss Annie Oakley.  We concluded our Annie Oakley Shooting Contest by attending the annual Pilgrimage to Annie Oakley's grave. We had another beautiful day for one of the oldest and dearest parades, the annual Annie Oakley Parade.  Adults and children lined the streets as they watched as over 100 entries made their way down Broadway in Greenville. We had many activities during the weekend, including story time with our 2016 Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill, and various marksmanship shooting contest, National Fast Draw Competitions and a Fast Draw Reaction 50/50.  We continued to offer the historical bus tours, family fun games, car show, and melodrama as well as various groups of musical entertainment.

We were thrilled to have The Whip Artistry Studio and the Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase by GLD Enterprises Entertainment, Ltd come back for both Friday and Saturday, as well as having a couple different thrilling horse shows on Saturday afternoon.  We had a bounce obstacle course for kids and adults to run through, and we also had the Kiddie Tractor Pulls, which brought a lot of activity and fun to the festival.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the 2017 Annie Oakley Festival to be held on July 28, 29 and 30.  We will have all of the above listed activities as well as some new events. We have some new members as the committee has grown and we are now able to bring back some events that you have been asking for.  If you would like to volunteer to help with the festival you will be welcome. We meet the second Wednesday of the month, 7pm at the Nature Center. You can also call President, JoEllen Melling at 548-1018 or email,

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