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The annual Annie Oakley Days Festival offers Old West activities

Annie Oakley Days Festival poster
Annie Oakley Days Festival poster
courtesy Annie Oakley Days Festival

One of Ohio's native daughters is renowned Wild West celebrity, sharpshooter and markswoman Annie Oakley who became famous as part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Every year, Greenville, Ohio. Annie Oakley's birthplace, holds the Annie Oakley Days Festival to pay tribute to Oakley and to perpetuate her memory. Cleveland Old West enthusiasts are invited to join the festivities at York Woods and to enjoy a wide range of Old West entertainment on Friday, July 25, Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27.

A Bit About Annie Oakley Born Phoebe Ann Mosey in 1860, Annie Oakley supported her family by shooting and selling game to grocers in Greenville and nearby towns. Because the precision of her aim was so accurate (doing very little damage to the game), her catch was always in high demand.

She took the stage name of Annie Oakley when she married sharpshooter Frank Butler and became known as "Little Sure Shot" when she joined the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show.

Annie Oakley Days Festival Activities at this year's Festival include a car show (on Sunday), historical bus tours (including a stop at Annie Oakley's grave site), a kiddie tractor pull, a talent show and presentations of an old time melodrama ("Haunted Hijinks or The Ghastly Ghost of Dead Man's Gulch").

Be sure to check out the Family Fun Games offered all three days. Games include a water balloon toss, sack races, a rollin' pin throwing contest, a pole throwing contest and a Super Farmer contest.

And don't miss the Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase (held at the Coliseum) at the Festival featuring bullwhip, roping and knife throwing exhibition contests.

Among the performers offering free musical entertainment will be the Singing Fireman (Brian Benedict), The Classics Vocal Quartet, Country Harmony and Mark Depoy & the Roadside Attraction.

Food will be aplenty at the Festival and available for purchase.

Hours for the Annie Oakley Days Festival are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3 per person.

For more information about the Annie Oakley Days Festival call 937-548-2391 or get online at www.annieoakleyfestival.org.

York Woods is located at the intersection of State Route 127 and State Route 242 in Greenville, Ohio. Greenville is 239 miles (near the Indiana border) from Cleveland and it is approximately a 4 hour drive.