SISTERSVILLE, W VA-The annual 'Old Gas Engine Show', September 12-13 held each year as a main event of the West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival in Sistersville, September 10-13, has been termed a big success by the sponsors and host.
Over 125 engine owners from seven states gathered at the Sistersville City Park, along the Ohio River for this year's show. Many took part in all of the four-day festival. Over 185 engines of all types and sizes took part in the show which attracts thousands of visitors to this 'oil boom' town of the 1890s.
The 'Old Gas Engine Show' is held each year as part of the festival which honors the oil and gas industry of West Virginia. The show has grown each year and has become the main event of the City Park.
The festival committee feels this event has grown each year because of the type of people who take part. 'They are mostly down-to-earth people, family people who enjoy meeting people and having a good time' states one festival official. One of the engine owners reported that the main reason he comes back each year (seven years in a row) is that there isn't any problems and that his family can see and even take part in many of the festival activities. There are over 30 events that visitors can take part in. Some are the camp fire sing, banjo and fiddle contest, gold rush for children, wrench throwing contest, square dance, distance run, West Virginia wrist wrestling championships, grand oil and gas trophy parade and many more.
This year's festival dates were printed wrong and the festival committee had to stay with them. This put the local show on the same dates as others in the area. In 1982 the dates have been changed back to the date it was for 12 years. The 1982 festival will be held on September 16-19 with the 'Old Gas Engine Show' being held on the 18th and 19th. Engine owners are welcome all four days.
For the past six years or so the Quaker State Oil Refining Corporation has been the sponsor of the show, providing oil and gas. Their sponsorship also makes it possible for free admission, free camping and parking, free brass dash plates for all engine owners and their families. It is hoped that Quaker State will again serve as the sponsor for this outstanding event.
The festival committee wishes to thank all of the engine owners who took part in this year's show from Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Illinois, Michigan and Delaware for their help in making not only the engine show a success but also the festival a big success. They would also like to invite all engine owners to join them in 1982 for a really good time.
Anyone wishing more information can write to the festival at: P.O. Box 25, Sistersville, West Virginia 26175.