Area briefs

Farmers Market offers food, music, more

PIQUA — The Piqua Community Farmers Market has returned to Canal Place (between High and Ash streets) with a variety of vendors selling everything from fresh produce to home-baked goods to handmade crafts, soaps, puzzles and more.

The market also will offer an array of events including (subject to change):

• June 18 – Chocolate Chip Contest; Piqua Arts Council Market Mural Program

• June 25 – Strawberry Jam Contest

• July 2 – Rock Piqua Unplugged

• July 9 – July 16 – Piqua Arts Council Market Mural Program

• July 30 – Cupcake Contest

• Aug. 6-13 (Ohio local food week) – Biggest Tomato Contest

• Aug. 20 – Piqua Arts Council Market Mural Program

• Aug. 27 – Salsa Contest

• Sept. 3 – Rock Piqua Unplugged; Apple Pie Contest

• Sept. 10 – Pumpkin Decorating

As a new service, the market will offer shoppers the chance to purchase Market Dollars each week.

Hours at the market are 3:30-8 p.m. each Thursday. The Piqua Community Farmers Market is a project of Mainstreet Piqua, Inc.

African art on display

TROY — Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St., is pleased to present “From Africa,” a free, open-to-the-public exhibit of objects from across Africa that will run through Aug. 2.

Several local collectors of African art and artifacts are contributing to “From Africa,” which includes an array of clothing and living ware, masks, paintings, jewelry, batiks, earthenware, and tribal items.

On Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 2 p.m., the Hayner Center will host “Experience Africa: An African Cultural Event.” The whole family will enjoy this truly African experience featuring music and dancing by G.O.R.E.E. Drum and Dance, as well as food, and other activities. Free and open to the public, this event is sponsored by Alvetro Orthodontics.

Hours of operation at Troy-Hayner Cultural Center are 7-9 p.m. Monday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The center is closed on holidays. For more information, visit or call (937) 339-0457.

Annie Oakley Festival coming

GREENVILLE — The 2015 Annie Oakley Festival will take place July 24-26, at York Woods just off of State Route 127, eight miles north of Greenville.

This year, the festival will feature Jesse R. Peters who, like Annie Oakley herself, was born and raised in Darke County, but went on to earn national acclaim. Peters is a licensed Parelli Horsemanship Professional, a 4-star senior instructor and a horse specialist. He has been seen on “Good Morning America,” has worked with the Pittsburg Zoo zebras and was the 2009 winner of the Extreme Mustang Makeover.

Peters will be doing six shows throughout the weekend as well as participating the 2015 Annual Annie Oakley Festival parade.

Other events and activities at the festival will include the Miss Annie Oakley shooting contest and other shooting competitions and demos, a pilgrimage to Oakley’s grave, an essay contest, a talent show a Western arts showcase, historical bus tours, family fun games, live entertainment, a car show, and more. There also will be many vendors and concessioners. Visitors are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to sit on the grass and watch the shows and competitions.

For more information about the festival, visit the website at or find it on Facebook at the Annie Oakley Festival group page.