Brewer named 2021 Miss Annie Oakley

GREENVILLE — Annie Oakley advocated women learn a sport primarily dominated by men, and today this advocacy is honored every year at the Annie Oakley Festival.

Six contestants sought out the title of Miss Annie Oakley 2021 on Wednesday and Thursday, but only one shooter would take home the title. This year’s winner’s reason for competing has a special place in her heart.

The 2021 Miss Annie Oakley, Paige Brewer, is the daughter of James and Tracy Brewer from Yorkshire. Brewer was at a complete loss for words when she won, but quickly became emotional when she opened up about why she competed in the first place.

“I did it for my Grandma Sue,” Brewer said. “She always called me her ‘Miss Little Annie Oakley.’ I did it for her. It’s the only real reason.”

Brewer’s grandma passed away in 2015 after a battle with cancer, and even though she was not at the contest in person, Brewer truly believes her grandmother was there with her the whole time to help guide her.

“I was shaky on the last shot, and then I felt my heart get warm like I just got a hug,” Brewer said. “I calmed down and that’s when I knew I got this.”

Brewer is proud of her accomplishments and happy she was able to gain the title her grandmother always knew she deserved. Brewer wasn’t the only emotional spectator in sight, the 2019 – 2020 Miss Annie Oakley, Madison Werner, shared her story on how rewarding the title has been to her.

Werner believes her experience being Annie was quite the adventure, but what made it awesome was her ability to give back to the community. In Oct. 2020 Werner was…

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