Thursday, July 23, 2015

What a Weekend This'll Be in Darke County...

Today marks the start of one of the busiest weekends for the county short of Fair Week (which is, shockingly, just around the corner). Personally, I think all weekends should start on Thursday, but so far no one has allowed me to make those rules.

So what's going on? Today is the first day of the Annual Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales in Downtown Greenville. As usual, folks lined up this morning at the KitchenAid Experience to get a chance at their great deals and giveaways (click here to see their sale flyer). How long as the line? Allow Main Street Greenville to demonstrate:

Annual line for the Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales at the KitchenAid Experience this morning! #annieoakley #greenvilleohio #kitchenaid #mainstreetgreenville
Posted by Main Street Greenville on Thursday, July 23, 2015
Other shops uptown, of course, are getting in on the event with sales of their own. Make time to stroll up and down Broadway, at least to soak in the good vibes of the crowds.

The Coffee Pot is hosting a selfie contest. Here are some details, and good luck.
Join our Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sale Photo Contest! How to participate (Thursday - Sunday): 1. Buy a delicious...
Posted by The Coffee Pot on Tuesday, July 21, 2015
I'll probably belabor some sort of 'creative' idea for an entry and then end up letting my daughter just smile pleasantly for my entry. Who doesn't love cute kids?

The sales last all weekend, but things pick up a notch on Saturday when the Downtown Greenville Farmer's Market joins in the action, and let's not forget that the Annie Oakley Festival Parade is returning after a brief hiatus!

The parade will run its usual route from the Fairgrounds to the Traffic Circle beginning at 10am.

The Annie Oakley Festival proper will be at York Woods (just north of Greenville at the intersection of State Route 127 and State Route 242. Across from the Annie Oakley Restaurant, per the Festival homepage). Tonight will see the Miss Annie Oakley Shooting Contest Finals with the festival itself starting Friday morning at 9am.

Click here to view the full calendar of events for the festival at their web site.

Along side all of these things going on, The Gathering at Garst also returns this year on the grounds of the Garst Museum. This event will run on Saturday and Sunday and includes a plethora of things to do, all of which you can read about on their site. What am I looking forward to the most?
  1. The Lewis & Clark Trailside Tavern, a new attraction "serving up craft beer, friendly company, and stories from the dusty trail! Featuring the following on tap:
    1. Sharpshooter from Great Lakes Brewing Company 
    2. Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes Brewing Company 
    3. Summer Shandy from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
    4. Flying Rye from Warped Wing Brewing Company
  2. Baumbach's BBQ: Yes, I know they're frequently setup in Rural King's parking lot these days, but The Gathering and Baumbach's has become synonymous to me over the last few years. Stop by and get a side of cheesy potatoes and tell them you heard about them on ;)
I'm sure I've overlooked something. Tell me in the comments what else is going on this weekend and what you're looking forward to doing the most!

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