Executive Director, West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival P.O. Box 25 Sistersville, West Virginia 26175
The 22nd Annual 'Old Gas Engine Show,' an event of the West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival held in Sistersville, has been termed a huge success by the 1990 sponsors. Wib Anderson, serving his first year as the event's chairman, is already looking forward to ah even bigger show in 1991.
This year's show was held along the Ohio River on September 13-16 at the Sistersville City Park. Gas engines came from ten different states. They were: Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
'There were 144 registered exhibitors who registered 312 different engines and another 100 related exhibits,' reported Anderson.
'We had some open space this year, due to a new way of laying out the engine area, and we hope to have an even larger area next year,' Anderson stated.
This year's festival, which is held each year to honor the oil and gas industry, past and present, also honored two engine exhibitors who had helped the festival over the years. Harry Horner of Dayton, Ohio and Robert Moore of Louisville, Kentucky were honored on opening day as lifetime 'honorary directors' for their many years of service to the festival. 'We feel that both Harry and Bob have played a very important part in the growth of our festival and the Old Gas Engine Show, and we wanted to do something for them to let them know that we cared,' said Mark Heintzman, 1990 General Chairman
Asked why the engine show gets a good turnout year after year, Anderson reported that he was sure it was the way the show was handled, and that the more than fifty different events being held during the four day festival gave everyone something to do.
Some of the different events were: oil and gas exhibits, oil give-a-way, antique auto show, Outhouse Trot, talent contest, Gib Morgan children's games, canoe races, grand oil and gas trophy parade, band-a-rama, daily entertainment, singalong, horse shoe pitching contest, arm wrestling championships, West Virginia Marble Shooting Championships, scale model derrick building contest, art/photo/craft exhibition, country store, oil and gas expo, craft sales, commercial booths, game booths, food booths, rod and custom auto show, wrench throwing contest, Gas Hog Mud Bog, and much, much more.
'We would like to have all our friends join us in Sistersville September 12-15, 1991 for one of the best fun-filled four days that could be had. Come one day or all four, or you can even come for a week and we will let you help us put together our festival,' stated Anderson.
Anyone wishing more information about the 23rd Annual West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival can write to the festival at P.O. Box 25, Sistersville, WV 26175, and information on the engine show or any other event you'd like to know about will be sent to you.