Niagara Antique

West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival

Frank Thatcher

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We were blessed with beautiful weather for the 12 th annual Show of the Niagara Antique Power Association held at Wilfred Learn's Farm at Sherksto, Ontario, Canada on Canada Day weekend June 30, July 1, and 2, 1984. Our club members are always glad to see our friends and exhibitors from other clubs in Canada and this year was no exception. The theme throughout this province of Ontario's Bicentennial was in evidence-the display this year was Gilson gasoline engines. Our plans for 1985 will 'zero in' on Gibson tractors.

A goodly number of logs plus the steamers kept the boys on the sawmill busy. Erection of a pavilion has commenced. Displays by the ladies in the log cabin and the blacksmith plying his trade in our original and restored Blacksmith Shop provided varying and interesting displays for those in attendance.

Scenes from the 1984 Niagara Antique Power Association Show.

The Antique Stock Tractor pull always draws onlookers.

Registration figures showed approximately 150 gas engines, 75 tractors, four steamers, 25 Antique cars, 50 models in the model tent and numberous corn shellers, grain grinders, water pumps, drag saws, etc. All operating, also many members bring displays of early farm flea markets round out the show for those needing a bite to eat or parts for their engines or tractors.


Sistersville Festival

SISTERSVILLE, W. VIRGINIA The 16th Annual Old Gas Engine Show, a highlight of the annual West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival in Sistersville, held this past September 13-16 along the Ohio River has the tag of a big success from the festival's Board of Directors.

General co-chairman Arthur Shreves and Virgil Webber reported that this years Old Gas Engine Show drew 111 exhibitors from Ohio, 125 engines of all types and sizes.

Many of the engine owners didn't wait until the dates of the show, September 15 and 16. 'They started coming in to the festival grounds at the Sistersville City Park as early as Saturday, September 8th,' reported Shreves, who also served as chairman for the Old Gas Engine Show. 'They want to get a good spot and some of the engine owners pitched in and helped our different committees to set up the festival tents and booths.'

Bad weather on Friday evening didn't dampen everyone's big days on Saturday and Sunday, as record numbers of visitors came out to see such events as the old gas engine show, antique auto show, grand oil & gas trophy parade, custom and rod show, entertainment, flea market, craftsman, good food, bingo and oil & gas exhibits just to name a few.

An expert's eye goes over this engine before it was started at the West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival's Old Gas Engine Show in Sistersville.

This year's Old Gas Engine Show was sponsored by Quaker State Oil Refining Corp., which has been the sponsor for this event for a number of years. Free admission and camping, free gas and oil, free dash plate of the show were just some of the offers made possible to the engine owners because of the sponsor. The festival committee feels that this sponsorship is one of the key reasons for the festival's Old Gas Engine Show to be held each year

'Plans are now being made for our 1985 festival, September 12-15, and the Old Gas Engine Show will have a major part in these plans,'stated Stewart Bradfield, Executive Director of the festival. 'Two the changes in the Old Gas Engine Show will be more room for engine owners to display their engines and more manpower to help engine owners get set up.'

The place to be in 1985 is Sistersville, September 12-15 for the 17th Annual W. Virginia Oil & Gas Festival and the Old Gas Engine Show.

The festival wishes to thank all the engine exhibitors who took part in this year's show and festival.