Kester and Miller will represent the festival

By Ryan Berry

GREENVILLE — It was a step back in time when the Annie Oakley Festival kicked off its 2022 event on Wednesday night. The first were the children who fought over Little Mister Buffalo Bill and Little Miss Annie Oakley.

A ton of cuteness took the stage in small bundles as several boys and girls circled the stage and answered questions from former Miss Annie Oakley Madison Werner. Most were well outside their comfort zone, but in a close decision the judges chose Brayden Kester and Sofia Miller to represent the festival.

Kester ran onto the stage in a cute black and white outfit complete with leggings and a vest. The five-year-old explained that he wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up. For now, Kester really enjoys playing with toys. When asked what his favorite season was. he chose one that many people will agree with – Christmas.

Miller took the stage in a beautiful Annie Oakley-style dress reminiscent of those scenes in the Little Miss Sure Shot photos. The five-year-old has already decided what she wants to be when she grows up. She told the assembled crowd that she planned to become a scientist. When asked if she could own any animal in the world, what would it be, Miller explained that she wanted chicks.

James Rice and Elizabeth Ganiron also represented the Annie Oakley Festival as finalists for the event. Both are five years old. Ganiron also won the award for most photogenic.

Oliver Eubank also entered the Little Mister Buffalo Bill competition. Other Little Miss Annie Oakley contestants were 5-year-old Ruth Gilmore and 4-year-old Tylee Eliott.

Look for Kester and Miller and some of the other competitors in the Annie Oakley parade on Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m. in downtown Greenville.

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