Buccella and Cover Crowned Little Miss & Mister

Tesla Buccella and Sullivan Cover crowned Little Miss Annie Oakley and Little Mister Buffalo Bill kick off opening of 59th Annual Annie Oakley Festival

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Sullivan Cover and Tesla Buccella (front) were crowned Little Mister Buffalo Bill and Little Miss Annie Oakley to open the 2023 Annie Oakley Festival now going on through Sunday at the Great Darke County Fairgrounds. Also shown (back row) are first runners-up Leo Duke (L) and Ruby Rice (R) and Most Photogenic, Piper Arnold (Center). (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – Tesla Buccella and Sullivan Cover were crowned Little Miss Annie Oakely and Little Mister Buffalo Bill to kick off the 59th Annual Annie Oakley Festival.

2023 Little Miss Annie Oakley, Tesla Buccella. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

To enter the event children must be between the age of three and five by or on July 26, 2023. Contestants were judged on originality of attire, outfit, appropriate to Annie and Bill theme, personality, poise, and stage presence.

General questions asked to each of the contestants included: What is your name and how old are you, what is your favorite thing to do and what do you want to be when you grow up.

Piper Arnold wins Most Photogenic contest. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“Good crowd and the questions – they have fun, that’s what it’s all about,” said even organizer, Marla Werner. “Getting them some exposure in front of people and having fun with it and hopefully this weekend they can go in the parade – all of them go in the parade, not just the winner.”

A good crowd was on hand as well as a large number of contestants for the evening’s event.

“When I started doing this three years ago we had four or five contestants, so I really wanted to promote it and grow it a little bit,” stated Werner. “I think we did that tonight.”

Piper Arnold took first place in the Most Photogenic Contest.

2022 Miss Annie Oakley, Madison Werner interview 2023 Little Mister Buffalo Bill winner, Sullivan Cover. (Gaylen Blosser photo)