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  • Mark your calendars – 2016 Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase!

    GREENVILLE, OH –  The Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase events will be two days this year, Friday July 29 and Saturday, July 30, 2016. All events begin at noon on Friday with open workshops and impromptu demonstrations and a full performance tentatively set for 6PM! On Saturday, everything starts at 1 p.m. with the Whip Contest Exhibition, which will include speed and accuracy, bullwhip fast draw and a style contest.

    Contests will be followed by a matinee performance featuring whip artist Gery L. Deer, the knife throwing skills of Bass Blades and more. The Grand Wild West Showcase will be hosted by The Brothers & Co. Entertainers music and variety show.

    And the best part? This year’s Annie Oakley Event is FREE admission!

    Check out WDTN-TV2’s Katie Kenney with Gery Deer on “Living Dayton” …

    For full details visit http://www.ohiowesternarts.org
    Two great videos highlighting the event – provided by Rich Hoffman …

    “Last year breathed new life into this long-running event,” Deer says. “Our goal is to provide a featured event for Saturday that will help draw more people on what is typically the busiest day of the festival.” For more information or to participate in the whip contests, contact the production office of GLD Enterprises at (937) 902-4857 or email, gdeer@gldenterprises.net.

    For more information on the festival, visit www.annieoakleyfestival.org.


  • Whip contests at Annie Oakley Showcase July 26, open registration

    westernmovie031Greenville, OH – The 12th Annual Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase is scheduled to begin at 1PM, Saturday July 26th at the new event location of York Woods in Greenville, Ohio, during Annie Oakley Festival. In addition to Wild West Arts performances ranging from trick roping to precision knife throwing, the event also features some of the only public bullwhip competitions held anywhere in the United States.

    The exhibition whip contests are open to outside participation pending registration the day of the event. “We’ve opened it up to anyone to participate but we do have some restrictions,” says event producer, Gery L. Deer, director of The Whip Artistry Studio, the country’s only permanent, non-combative whip training school.

    “This is an exhibition competition, so it’s more for the spectators than the competitors and there are no ‘big’ prizes. A few people have donated whips and whip-related items but there’s no cash to be won. It’s mainly bragging rights from one of the longest-running whip contests in the country.”

    Deer points out that some of the best names in whip artistry will be on hand beginning with himself, a champion speed and accuracy competitor and 25-year veteran professional performer. Joining him will be “The Whip Guy,” whip artist Chris Camp, champion knife thrower and whip handler, Kirk Bass, and a host of others. The contests are based on long-standing events, many of which have gone by the wayside over the years.

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    This year’s Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase features a contest straight from an Indiana Jones movie!

    The Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase started in 2002 as the Ohio regional convention for the former Wild West Arts Club (WWAC). Today, the event is the staple of western entertainment and competition at Annie Oakley Festival, a Darke County, Ohio favorite for more than half a century. Whip contests will be as follows:

    Classic Whip Speed & Accuracy – This is the age-old speed and accuracy competition modeled after those held at the international conventions of the former WWAC. Five target stands hold two foam cups each, on opposite sides and with each stand set for a different height. The event is timed and mistakes add seconds to each score with the lowest time is the ultimate goal.

    Whip Speed Switch – Similar to the Classic Speed & Accuracy, but competitors must use both hands, up one side and down the other targeting left-hand targets with the left hand and vice versa.

    The Original Bullwhip Fast Draw – This is a contest that originated with The Whip Artistry Studio and Annie Oakley events. Created by whip maker Paul Nolan, whip master Gery Deer and western re-enactor Chris Curtis, this is the most popular contest of the day. Competitors are paired in heats as they try to be the fastest draw with their whip from a “holstered” position and first to cut the target.

    The Raiders Fast Draw – This is a new contest for this year and a variation of the original fast draw. Taken from the opening scenes of “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” competitors use an 8 or 10-foot bullwhip and are required to face away from each other with their whips completely holstered in a cross-draw position. When signaled, they turn and throw at the target, each trying to be the fastest.

    IMG_3582All of the contests will be held outdoors and followed at 2:30 by a matinee performance featuring whip artist Gery L. Deer, the knife throwing skills of Bass Blades and more. The Grand Wild West Showcase will begin at 5:30 PM, hosted by The Brothers & Co. Entertainers music and variety show.

    Participation is limited, first come, first served and, due to safety considerations, event producer has final say in whether a competitor may participate. Those interested in competing must meet eligibility guidelines as follows: 18 or older, must have their own (approved) whip equipment and register no later than 12:30PM the day of the contest. For more information contact the production office of GLD Enterprises at (937) 902-4857 or go online to ohiowesternarts.org.

    Video from the 2013 Bullwhip Fast Draw …


  • 2013 Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase features world-class performers

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    GREENVILLE, OHIO – JULY 26, 2013 – Wild West performers headlining the 11th Annual Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase are gearing up for five live performances during the Annie Oakley Festival in the upper level of the Darke County Fairground Coliseum. Whip artists, trick ropers and other Wild West art experts who have appeared shows like America’s Got Talent and The Bonnie Hunt Show will be on hand to perform at 7 p.m. on Friday July 26 at 7 p.m. on Saturday the 27th 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. with two more shows at Noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday the 28th. Each show is free with regular admission.

    The event started out as a gathering of whip crackers in May of 2002 at the family farm of the founder and producer of the event, nationally known writer, entertainer Gery L. Deer. Deer expanded the event a year later to include trick roping, knife throwing and much more and moved it to the grounds of Annie Oakley Days Festival. Participants have the opportunity to learn from some of the best names in the business while sharing their skills to entertain the public.

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    Deer is an award-winning whip artist who has spent a quarter century performing, competing and teaching whip artistry. “We’re happy to be back at Annie Oakley Days for our tenth year of precision whip artistry, knife throwing and fancy trick roping,” says Deer, who is also the managing director of The Whip Artistry Studio, bullwhip training center inJamestown,Ohio. “I’m grateful that we have the opportunity to show the public genuine Wild West arts that require talent and skill, not to mention years of practice.”

    This year, the event will feature the National Whip Artistry Speed & Accuracy Competition! A speed and accuracy contest modeled after the original Wild West Arts Club events but with some interesting twists and turns! In addition to the standard timed targeting whip contests, the speed switch contest requires the competitors to use BOTH hands in precision targeting. Entry fee is $20 per person. Prizes include custom-made nylon whips, certificates for events and lessons at The Whip Artistry Studio and much more!

    Each performance showcase will also feature champion knife thrower Kirk Bass, of Xenia, who teams up with wife Melodee in the suspenseful Bass Blades impalement show. Bass is a certified thrown weapons instructor with the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame and the assistant director for the Western Arts Showcase events.

    According to Deer, the best show to see will be on Saturday evening. “We pull out all the stops on Saturday, with Wild West arts exhibitions during the afternoon performance and a longer, variety show in the evening.” For the 9th year at the festival, Saturday night’s extended program will be hosted by The Brothers & Co. Entertainers music and variety group fromJamestown,Ohio. Often compared to The Statler Brothers or Oak Ridge Boys, the group offers audiences a brilliant combination of four-part vocals and Vaudeville-style comedy and variety routines.

    All performances are family friendly. For more information go online to www.ohiowesternarts.org or call (937) 902-4857.

     

    Note: The Annie Oakley Western Arts Showcase is a production of GLD Enterprises & Productions as a hired performance by the Annie Oakley Festival Committee.


  • Whip Artist Gery L. Deer featured in The Brothers & Co. Variety Show, March 23.

    opera-house-Brothers-300x200Jamestown, OH – Join The Brothers & Co. featuring Gery Deer, Jim Karns, Ed Jones and Gary Deer Jr. at 7:00PM on Saturday, March 23 as they take the stage for one show at the Jamestown Opera House, 19 N Limestone St., Jamestown, Ohio, 45335.

    Bring the whole family to this one-of-a-kind show full of amazing four-part harmonies, hilarious comedy magic and dazzling variety routines perfect for all ages! Including the whip artistry of Gery Deer, “Master of the Candle” and the award-winning magic of “Professor” Jim Karns!

    With musical and vocal covers originating with The Statler Brothers, John Denver and George Jones, The Brothers & Co. will also perform their originals, “Time Capsule,” “Bingo Night,” and the comic hit, “Last Night Big Butter Jesus Burned To The Ground.” This is a special show for Gery and Gary Jr., as they work to raise money to pay off medical and legal expenses incurred by their father, Gary Sr., during mother Lois’s long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Their mom passed away in November of 2011, but left their father with significant debt. Proceeds from the show will go toward the Lois Deer Memorial Expense Fund to help pay down some of that debt.

    Tickets at the door just $10, presale $7! Students and seniors, $7 at the door, $5 presale. Refreshments are available! It’s fun for the entire family!

    The Jamestown Opera House was constructed in 1894 and the main auditorium was closed down from 1937-1996 when a group of citizens, led by lifetime resident Ted Sesslar, formed the Jamestown Area Historical Society. Over the past two decades, the group has worked to return the historic theater to its original glory.




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