Route 1, Box 193, Washington, West Virginia 26181
The 7th annual Volcano Days Engine Show and Festival which was held at Mount wood Park on September 23 and 24, 1995, was a great success. On Friday the 22nd it rained most of the day and the nice grassy field turned to mud, but after a couple of phone calls to some friends who are in the trucking business, a pretty good roadway was stoned all the way through the engine area. It has been said: 'It is better to have friends than money, because if you have friends you can borrow money.' Well, to show you that it pays to have friends, the road which was stoned was entirely free and they said that they were glad to be able to help. Saturday, the 23 rd, the sun came out and the mud dried up and all was well.
This year's show was the biggest yet. We had some 145 engine exhibitors and around 50 craft and flea marketers. The entertainment, which started on Friday night, continued on Saturday and Sunday, and was some of the best in the country. One of the most important parts of the show is the public and they turned out by the thousands 15,000 to attend this year's show! Our show is put on for the public and there is no charge. The wagons ran constantly shuttling the visitors from the parking area to the different areas of the show, and our historical field trips were filled to capacity, as well as the geological field trips.
Volcano Days takes place at Mount wood Park, which is located 12 miles east of Parkersburg, West Virginia, on US Route 50.
The town of Volcano was one of the early oil-boom towns, which sprang up in the late 1860s. The town prospered until 1879 when a fire destroyed most of it. Historical field trips take spectators back in time, as they hear from historians about the Wildcatters who drilled the first wells to the mansions built by the more successful ones.
While on the geological trips, you are taken to visit areas where the rock formations are easily seen and the geologist explains about the anticlinal theory and shows how, at sometime in the distant past, there was an upheaval in the earth which almost stood the rock straight on its edge. The oil in this made it easily accessible to the drillers who knew where to drill.
The steam rising from the molasses pan made it easy to locate, as some of the best molasses are made at the show each year; also, there is apple butter, apple cider, cornmeal grinding taking place daily, and the barbecue chicken was mouth watering good. Along with the demonstration of how homemade soap is made, a shingle mill ran constantly, sawing shingles for the visitors to take home free as a souvenir. The shingles bear the name Volcano Days 1995. This engine show and festival is intended to bring people together in an atmosphere and setting where people can relax, have fun and learn about the past. The engine exhibitors not only show, but also tell the story of the engines, tractors, and implements which they display, and how they probably affected the lives of the people who owned them. You are all invited to join us next year on September 28 and 29, 1996, as an exhibitor or as a spectator. We will try and make you feel welcome.