Success In Sistersville:West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival

By Staff
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Left to right: Mark Heintzman, 1990 General Chairman; Robert Moore and Harry Horner, honorary directors; and Stewart Bradfield, Executive Director.

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

‘There were 144 registered exhibitors who registered 312
different engines and another 100 related exhibits,’ reported

‘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

‘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

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