West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival

| March/April 1981

  • Gas Engine on Display
    One of the many gas engine exhibits at the West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival's 'Old Gas Engine Show.'

  • Gas Engine on Display

SISTERSVILLE, W.VA.-When a visitor at the 12th annual West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival's Old Gas Engine Show was asked what he thought of the show, he said only one word, 'Terrific.' That was also the feelings of the host of this show. Following are the reasons why 'Terrific' seemed most fitting.

The festival is a four day event held in early September, packed with different family events. The 'Old Gas Engine Show', which is sponsored by the Quaker State Oil Refining Company and hosted by the festival, is held the last two days, but engine owners are invited to come and set up all four days. In the past maybe a dozen engine owners would show up when the festival opened on Thursday. This year when the festival opened the engine area was already half full and by Saturday, the day the 'Old Gas Engine Show' opened, the show chairmen were having a hard time finding room for the record number of engines.

Over 160 engine owners, some with steam engines, from seven states took part. States taking part this year were Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, and West Virginia, These engine owners brought with them 283 engines of all sizes. This was the largest number of engines ever displayed during the festival; many came hundreds of miles to take part. A few years ago only 26 engine owners took part. The festival feels that the 'Old Gas Engine Show' has come of age. It offers a good time for everyone, both for the festival visitors and the engine owners.

The show and festival take place in Sistersville at the City Park, where events such as the Antique Auto Show, West Virginia Wristwrestling Championships, banjo and fiddle contest, oil and gas exhibits, craft sales, food booths, oil give-a-ways, oil and gas industrial show, flea market, country store, commercial booths, square dance, special camp fire sing and daily entertainment are held. There are also many other events taking place at the City Park and in other parts of Sistersville such as the Grand Oil & Gas Trophy Parade, art exhibit, craft exhibit, photo exhibit, silent auction, stamp and coin show, and the oil and gas band-a rama just to name a few.

The main thing is that there is always something for all ages to see and do. The festival committee invites you to be part of the 13th annual West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival and the Old Gas Engine Show, September 10-11-12-13 in Sistersville. For more information write to the festival at P.O. Box 25, Sistersville, West Virginia 26175.


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