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Jul 16

Brothers & Co. Host Wild West Variety Show July 28 in Greenville

GREENVILLE, OH – Wild West performers from Greene County will be headlining the 10th 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. Bullwhip artists, trick ropers, knife throwers and other Wild West art experts will be on hand to perform at 7 p.m. on Friday July 27 at 7 p.m. on Saturday the 28th 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. with two more shows at Noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday the 29th. Each show is free with the $3 regular festival 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. The following year, he expanded the event to include trick roping, knife throwing and much more and moved it to the grounds of Annie Oakley Festival. Participants have the opportunity to learn from some of the best names in the business while sharing their skills to entertain the public.

In addition to being a singer, writer and pianist with The Brothers & Co. Entertainers, Deer is an international 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. “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.”

Each 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. He serves as a performer as well as executive producer and co-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 from Jamestown, 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.