GREENVILLE - Ten young women will be practicing tonight for the Miss Annie Oakley Shooting Contest for Wednesday night’s preliminaries and Thursday’s finals.
Each day, the girls will start aiming their BB guns at 6 p.m. at the new location, York Woods on Reed Road at the intersection of U.S. 127 and State Route 242, north of Greenville.
The candidates will take turns shooting at the balloon target, and will take steps back in five-foot increments until a winner is determined Thursday evening.
Also on the Wednesday night, there will be the judging of the contestants’ costumes.
Candidate this year, in alphabetical order, are:
- Alyssa Baumgardner, 17, daughter of Jody Byers and John Baumgardner and sponsored by Greenville Car Wash.
- Hannah Bingham, 15, daughter of Kim and Larry Bingham. Her sponsors are Darke County Guns and Ammo and L.A. Bryson & Co.
- Rachel Francis, daughter of Gary and Susan Francis. The 19-year-old is being sponsored by Lisa A. Francis/Leis Realty.
- Tara Goubeaux, 14, daughter of Marla Fourman and Ty Goubeaux. She will represent Keller Grain and Feed Inc.
- Hannah Gulley, 15-year-old daughter of Michael and Christy Gulley, sponsored by Chicken Kitchen II.
- Katie Hurd, 14, sponsored by Pepcon. Her parents are Dean and Kris Hurd.
- Hayley Maher, 14-year-old daughter of Amy and Gene Maher, sponsored by Western Ohio Pediatric Medical Center.
- Majennica Nealeigh, 18, sponsored by Greenville Farm Power of the Past. Melanie and Dan Nealeigh are her parents.
- Shawna Osborne, daughter of Joe and Jessica Osborne, sponsored by Buckeye Clean Event/Shawn and Tiffany Shaffer. She is 14.
- Mariana Ramos, 15, daughter of Marilyn Petty and Pablo Ramos, sponsored by Stebbins Excavating.
Following the finals on Thursday evening, there will be a pilgrimage to Annie Oakley’s grave, where essay will be read by contest winners. Also slated that evening will be a melodrama at 7 p.m.
Then, the three-day festival officially opens at 9 a.m. Friday.