West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival

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P.O. Box 25, Sistersville, WV 26175

The 17th Annual Old Gas Engine Show, September 14th and 15th in Sistersville, West Virginia, an event of the West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival, set a record in two different areas in the number of engines exhibited and in the number of states represented.

Arthur Shreves, show chairman, reported that there were 337 engines registered during the two-day show and eight different states represented. The states were New York, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Virginia, Illinois and Pennsylvania.

Shreves also stated, 'Many of the engine owners were at the grounds at the Sistersville City Park as much as a week before the show. They like to come and get a good spot, visit each other and rest up for the week end.'

Engine exhibitors are not charged admission for camping or parking. They receive a small plaque about the show and are provided gas and oil for their engines if needed. These expenses are paid for by the sponsors of the show. This year's sponsors were: The Wiser Oil Co. of Sistersville, Quaker State Oil Refining Corp. of Oil City, Pa and of St. Marys, W. Va., and Coopers Energy Service of Grove City, Pa.

Plans have already started on the 1986 show, which will be held on September 13th and 14th.

During this year's festival, engine owners were treated to such entertainment as the U.S. Navy Country-Bluegrass Band from Washington, D.C. and five other Country groups; also such events as the Gas Hog Mud Bog, Grand Oil & Gas Trophy Parade, Talent Contest, West Virginia Marble Shooting Contest, Oil & Gas Band-a-rama, Art-Craft-Photo Exhibits, Country Store, Flea Market, Antique Auto Show, Fireworks Display, Little Sister Mile Run, Big Moses Distance Run, West Virginia Wristwrestling Championships, Rod & Custom Show, Fiddle Contest, Tug-of-War, Gib Morgan Wrench Throwing Contest, Silent Auction, and much much more.

Shreves was asked why the Old Gas Engine Show has grown so large from the first pickup truck load of engines into what it is today. His answer was simple, 'We all have a good time for the whole family.'