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West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival

| June/July 1990

  • Engines both big and small
    Engines both big and small highlighted the 1989 'Old Gas Engine Show' in Sistersville.
  • Engines in this fine-looking display
    All engines in this fine-looking display were running during the show.

  • Engines both big and small
  • Engines in this fine-looking display

P.O. Box 25 Sistersville, West Virginia 26175

The 21st Annual West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival in Sistersville, West Virginia announced that the 1989 Old Gas Engine Show was a big success even with all the rain, September 14-17

Arthur Shreves and Virgil Webber, co-chairmen for the event (one of over fifty events held during the four day festival that honors the oil and gas industry), reported that although many didn't like the weather and some left early, 'We all had a real good time and plans are already started for an even better show in 1990.'

Reports showed that 1989's Old Gas Engine Show had 152 exhibitors registered with 293 different exhibits. 'You name it and it was here,' stated Shreves and Webber. There were ten different states at the show. Most of the engines were from West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania, but some came from as far off as Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland and Virginia.

Sponsors for last year's show were Quaker State Corp. of Oil City, Pennsylvania, and the Wiser Oil Company of Sistersville. Their kind sponsorship made it possible to provide free admission to engine owners and their families, free gas and oil for the engines and a brass plaque for each exhibitor.

Some of the events during the 1989 festival, which were free to all engine exhibitors, were: daily entertainment, antique auto show, rod and custom auto show, West Virginia arm wrestling championships, canoe races, gas hog mud bog, craft sales and demos, food booths, photo exhibit, arts exhibit, marble shooting, horseshoe pitching contest, liars contest, tractor pull, amateur talent contest, commercial booths, outhouse races, children's games, Grand Oil and Gas Trophy Parade, and much much more. Many engine exhibitors and members of their families took home some real nice trophies after taking part in some of these events.


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