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50th Annual Annie Oakley Festival features unique Wild West performances

In Children and Family, Education, Entertainment, Local News, Media, Theatre, Uncategorized on July 22, 2013 at 7:51 am

AOWAS_1GREENVILLE, OH – Internationally famous Wild West performers from all over the United States will headline the 11th Annual Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase for five live performances July 26-28 in Greenville, Ohio. Bullwhip artists, trick ropers, knife throwers and other experts in the Wild West arts will perform throughout the weekend beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday July 26 at 7 p.m. and followed by two Saturday performances at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and two more shows at Noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Each show is free with the $3 regular festival admission.

The program is the featured western entertainment at the 50th Annual Annie Oakley Festival, a city-wide celebration of the Darke County sharpshooting legend’s life and times. In addition to exciting performances, Saturday afternoon’s matinee show will include the National Whip Speed and Accuracy Exhibition Competition, the world’s only Bullwhip Fast Draw contest and a couple of world record attempts by some of the whip artists.

Presented in the spirit of the stage-style Wild West shows of the late 19th Century, each production will include some detailed history about how these arts came to be and who still practices them today. Some of the players include Guinness Book World Record holders Robert Dante and Chris Camp (America’s Got Talent, The Tonight Show), champion knife thrower Kirk Bass, of Xenia, Ohio, and his daring wife Melodee in the suspenseful Bass Blades impalement show, and much more.

Gery Deer (left) with Jim Karns in "The Vanishing Bandana" - The Brothers & Co. Variety Show

Gery Deer (left) with Jim Karns in “The Vanishing Bandana” – The Brothers & Co. Variety Show

On Saturday evening at 6 p.m., the Grand Wild West Showcase will feature the regular cast hosted by the music and comedy of The Brothers & Co. Variety Show. “We pull out all the stops on Saturday night,” says Gery L. Deer, an award-winning whip artist, writer and the producer of the Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase. “The Brothers & Co. Variety Show is a one-of-a-kind musical variety show from a by-gone era, full of comedy, magic, and some of the best four-part music on stage today. There will be nothing else like this anywhere at the festival!”

Often compared to The Statler Brothers or Oak Ridge Boys, The Brothers & Co. offers audiences a brilliant combination of four-part vocals and Vaudeville-style comedy and family-friendly variety routines. Of course, without talented performers, none of this would be possible.

“The Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase wouldn’t have lasted eleven years if it didn’t exhibit the best western arts entertainment anywhere in the state with real practitioners of each skill,” says Deer, who started the event in Jamestown, Ohio, back in 2002 as a Midwestern convention of western artists. “These are talented performers with genuine ability, no fakery, no tricks. Everything you see in our show is real.”

The event is sponsored by GLD Enterprises Commercial Writing, The Brothers & Co. Entertainers, Culligan of Dayton, and the Annie Oakley Festival Committee. All performances are family friendly and are presented indoors in the upper level of the Darke County Fairground Coliseum, 800 Sweitzer Street in Greenville, Ohio. For links to the festival and sneak previews of the performers plus more information go online to www.ohiowesternarts.org or call (937) 902-4857.

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