Dillman Earns 2023 Miss Annie Oakley Title

Brooklyn Dillman, the youngest of 15 contestants named 2023 Miss Annie Oakley

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Brooklyn Dillman earns Miss Annie Oakley Title with a shot of 105 feet. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – Brooklyn Dillman, a 13 year old Arcanum eighth grader is the 2023 Miss Annie Oakley with a winning shot of 105 feet at the Thursday night Annie Oakley shooting contest.

Brooklyn Dillman hits her 105 foot winning shot to claim Miss Annie Oakley title. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Dillman is the daughter of Kyle Dillman and Amber Shotz and was sponsored by Dillman’s Towing.

“I’ve been practicing for a while now – two years,” said Dillman. “The other girl in second place was really good.”

Dillman was 10 foot better than last year’s 2022 Miss Annie Oakley, Madison Werner who won with a distance of 95 feet.

2023 Miss Annie Oakley, Brooklyn Dillman. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Dillman, the youngest contestant in the event said it was “nerve racking but really fun” competing with many girls much older than her.

“There were some young ones,” said JoEllen Melling, President of the Annie Oakley Festival Committee.   “I know there are some that said they are already shooting so they are ready to come up next year.”

With the title of Miss Annie Oakley in hand, Dillman is looking forward to her upcoming year representing Darke County and the Miss Annie Oakley Festival.

“I look forward to inspiring the next year contestants,” she stated.

Brooklyn Dillman (L) 2023 Miss Annie Oakley and 2022 Miss Annie Oakley, Madison Werner (R). (Gaylen Blosser photo)

First Runner-Up went to Kiera Spencer, a 15 year Ansonia old sophomore and Second Runner-Up went to 14 year old Greenville freshman, Samantha Beyersdorff.

“This is a big turnout, I’m just thrilled,” Melling said. “These girls are all beautiful, they were poised and very good when they came in. They treated each other very nicely and the shoot was just amazing. I don’t know when the last time was that we got out that far.”