W. Va Oil & Gas Festival

22 horse Bessemer

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P.O. Box 25, Sistersville, West Virginia 26175

The annual Old Gas Engine Show held each year as an event of the West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival in Sistersville, West Virginia, has been called by festival officials as a big success again this year. Over 120 owners of gas and steam engines exhibited over 240 engines at this years show, which was held September 15 and 16 at the City Park.

Officials feel that the reason for the success was the fact that more room was made available this year. This made it possible for exhibitors to set up by their campers. Other improvements were also made in the layout of the area.

Quaker State Oil Refinery Company was again the sponsor of the show, with the festival serving as host. A free dase plate was given to each exhibitor who registered. Also given was a can of oil, free gas and propane for those who needed it. There was no admission charge or camping fee for exhibitors. One exhibitor from Uniontown, Pennsylvania stated that the reason he liked coming back year after year was because of the friendly people and that there was no hassle in setting up and displaying his engines, also the fact that everything was free to exhibitors.

The Old Gas Engine Show is one of West Virginia's largest shows of its type and it got its start nine years ago when two men from Wheeling, West Virginia, brought a pickup load of engines down to display. Over the next nine years it has grown into a family-type show where old friends get together and have some fun and enjoy the festival. This year five states took part with Ohio providing the most entries.

During the festival, which is held four days each year, and is open to engine owners free, there are many events and entertainment going on daily. Some are: antique auto show, oil and gas exhibits, grand oil and gas trophy parade, art exhibit, craft exhibit, photo exhibit, flea market, craft sales, games, food booths, sales booths, baton championships, West Virginia wrist wrestling championships, band-a-rama, give-a-ways, silant auction, Gib Morgan contest, river boat rides, country store, clowns and more of everything. One of the special events that seems to be a favorite of the campers is the camp fire sing on Saturday night.

One of the over 240 old gas engines that took part in this year's show in Sistersville, West Virginia. It is a 22 horse Bessemer that was used in the oil fields of Sistersville. It is owned by Dave Wells and Delbert Rea.

Some of the engines also take part in the grand oil and gas trophy parade that features just about everything from queens from all parts of Ohio and West Virginia to floats, oil and gas equipment and horse units to clowns and bands.

The thing that makes this Oil Gas Engine Show a favorite each year is the fact that you can spend time talking to the exhibitors and learn about these engines that help to make the United States the power it is today.

The 1980 West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival has already set their dates for their 12th annual festival and hope that you will join them. The festival will be held on September 11, 12, 13, 14 in Sistersville. The Old Gas Engine Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14, but engine owners are invited to come for all four days of fun. Sistersville is located along the Ohio River on West Virginia State Rt. 2. It is halfway between Parkersburg and Wheeling. Come and have some fun!