1997 Sistersville Oil and Gas Festival

Richard McCoy's 20 HP Reid.

Richard McCoy's 20 HP Reid.

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Route 1, Box 209 Middlebourne, West Virginia 26149

The Little Sister Oil Well at the ferry landing welcomed exhibitors and visitors alike to a very successful show indeed.

Two hundred four exhibitors bringing with them 502 engines speaks for itself. Thirteen states were represented including: Indiana, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Mississippi, Wisconsin and Kansas. We do appreciate everybody's effort in showing their engines. It takes an extraordinary effort to tow some of these large engines here.

John Roop once again 'clawed' his way over several mountains from the Baltimore area to show his fine 25 HP Reid; Dale Burbridge brought his 25 HP Pattin; Richard Scott had his 20 HP Pattin; Fred Anderson his 20 HP half-breed; Bob Deitz showed his 12 HP Pattin, and 4 HP Reid; Miles Lamm had his 20 HP Pattin; Gary Arnold brought an 8 HP Able Pumping Power; George Niblock had his 15 HP Pattin half-breed; Kirk Taylor had a 16 HP Jones; Ralph Smith had his 15 HP Reid; Gerald Corders had his 10 HP Spang; Tom Cox brought his 15 HP Reid; Richard McCoy had his slick 20 HP Reid; Allen Etzer had his 8 HP Reid; Dale Henthorn brought a 20 HP half breed; Harold Smith his 20 HP Reid; Larry Thomas from Nashville had his 12 HP Reid. This engine had all the old oil field workers talking as his system of gasoline fired, no kick starting and many other attachments made them wonder why they fought those engines all those years.

Larry Richards and Bob Coates of Wisconsin made the show with a large display of hog oilers. Ah, yeah, last year I mentioned this fellow from Valencia, Pennsylvania, claimed this show made his 'jaws' tired. Well this year he had a nice display of corn shelters, and guess what they're still running! (HIS JAWS, that is!)

There were many other engines of every description displayed for your enjoyment. Engines in engine row had more exposure this year due to the efforts of our show organizer, Web Anderson, who made sure the campers were moved in. I heard many onlookers and exhibitors express their appreciation. Keep up the good work, Web!

At dusk the lighted glow of the many 'yellow dogs' give the engine rows a special effect. A true relic of the oil field. The turn of the century derrick worker had to work with very limited visibility. I guess if the moon wasn't shining, it was better than nothing.

Another key happening was a recent wedding celebrated at the gas engine show. Bill and Georgi Locker, owners of the Ding-A-Ling Railroad, gave the happy couple a tour up and down engine row while onlookers clapped their hands. Good luck, Bobby Ashcraft and wife!

Burl Eddy from Newport, Ohio, had three very nice standard oil rig models on display and for sale. Other interesting rigs were also on display.

Also the large tent had many crafts and such to browse through. On the stage music filled the air every night. Show dates for '98 are September 17, 18, 19, 20. See you there!