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Learn to Shoot Like Annie, 2019

Annie Oakley taught more than 15,000 women to shoot. Will you be one of 25 to compete following an opportunity to refresh your safety skills in the Annie’s Memorial Shoot or one of the 25 to learn about shooting and shooting safety? (Photo courtesy of Garst Museum and The National Annie Oakley Center)

Annie Oakley teaching a girl to shoot.Want to learn to shoot like Annie Oakley? On Saturday, August 10, the Annie Oakley Center Foundation in cooperation with the Darke Co. Fish and Game Club will host “Annie’s Memorial Shoot.” The event coincides with Annie’s birthday weekend. New this year is a brief refresher class in gun safety and marksmanship followed by a competition. The other class is geared for the beginner who wants to learn. Both are taught by certified instructors and both are limited to 25 participants each.

Neither class qualifies for the Concealed Carry License. Both will be held at the Darke Co. Fish and Game Club in New Paris, Ohio. The club is located just south of New Madison, Ohio. The cost is $50 (with $40 for an additional family member) includes the instruction, required eye and ear protection (provided by Fastenal), rifle and handgun ammunition, lunch and a souvenir t-shirt. In case of rain, a covered firing range will be available. The event is from 9 – 3 with a break for lunch. The competition will be a .22 long rifle bullseye shoot.

Advanced registration for all ages is required and each class is limited to just 25 participants. Paticipants must be at least 12 years old and those under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present during the entire class. The application and fee must be received by August 1. Applicants after the first 25 for each level of instruction will be placed on a waiting list. Here is an application (PDF).

Lunch for a non-shooting parent/guardian or guest should be pre-ordered for $8. Extra t-shirts are available for purchase at $10.00 for anyone interested.

Special thanks to the Fish and Game Club, Eikenberry’s, Fastenal and the Ohio Dept. of Natural resources for their help with this event. For additional information, contact Bruce Mikesell (937) 423-5717 or Brenda Ballengee 937-467-1984

Annie Oakley once wrote about her career, "When I started, there was a prejudice to live down." Ladies just did not do the things she did and still remain "ladies."

Except for Annie.

Annie blazed many trails for women and girls. She showed that women could compete in a man's world and still remain feminine. She showed that women could be show business stars without compromising their integrity. She proved that marriage could be a loving partnership of equals. She urged women to participate in sports, particularly outdoor sports that usually were reserved to men. Thus she pioneered the way for women in athletics.

Annie Oakley started from nothing and achieved stardom by hard work, by strength of personality, and by making best use of her talents. And she did it without hurting others. In fact, to the end of her life she was quietly generous to those who were less fortunate.

She was aware of her fame and what it meant. If she seemed extremely protective of her public image, it is because she was conscious of being a trailblazer for women and girls. She knew she was a role model. "Aim at a high mark, work for the future," she said. In the twenty-first century, we can still look up to the example she set for us.

This site has two purposes.

The first is to help support The National Annie Oakley Center at Garst Museum. This is where Annie Oakley's legacy really lives on, through her stories and the historical items she left behind. The second purpose is to help set straight some of the inaccuracies and tall tales that have grown up around this remarkable woman. Check under the FAQs tab to find learn more about Annie Oakely -- the performer and the woman.


Images courtesy of the Darke County Historial Society