Friday, July 17, 2020

Annie’s Memorial Shoot Competition

Harry Ballengee will host a shooting competition to benefit the Annie Oakley Center Foundation. A brief refresher class in gun safety and marksmanship will be followed by the competition. The competition is limited to 15 participants each in two sessions in order to allow for social distancing and will be held predominantly outside under a barn and lean to near New Madison.

There will be three shots in four different positions for training and sighting. The pistols, rifles, targets, and wax bullets are provided by Harry. There will be five shots each in four different positions for the competition. A skilled shooter, Harry has achieved the Top Gun of the Ohio Fast Draw Association in four different years. A resident of Darke County for 50 years and former Greenville City Council member, Harry has been shooting fast draw for 48 years. This competition, however, is not fast draw.

The cost of $50 ($40 for an additional family member) includes the instruction, required eye and ear protection, guns and ammo, a souvenir t-shirt, pre-packaged snacks and water, and prizes! Coinciding with Annie Oakley’s 160th birthday weekend, the event is scheduled for Saturday, August 15 from 1–3 p.m. and 3–5 p.m.

During direct instruction on shooting, masks would be required; otherwise, masks are recommended but not required. Participants are asked to observe social distancing. Guns will be wiped down between users, and hand sanitizer will be available.

Advanced registration for all ages is required. Participants 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 must be received by August 1. Applicants after the first 15 for each session will be placed on a waiting list. Please request a printable application at or call Eileen at the number below to request one. Directions to the shooting site will be sent with confirmation of participation.

For additional information, please call Harry Ballengee (937-423-2300) or Eileen Litchfield (937-623-1234).

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