West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival

| March/April 1994

Festival officials of the 25th 'Old Gas Engine Show,' an event of the West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival in Sisters-ville, have labeled the September 16-19 event a huge success.

Engine Show Chairman Web Anderson reports that this year's show set records for the oldest running engine show in West Virginia. One hundred seventy six engine owners registered, and with them came 306 engines, 90 models, 11 tractors, 16-plus engine related exhibits and one trailer display.

'We had thirteen different states represented, and two other states (New York and Missouri) and Canada looking us over. This says a lot about our engine show,' stated Anderson.

The thirteen states represented were: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Tennessee and West Virginia.

The festival has put together around fifty different events, everything from a fiddle contest to arts and crafts. One event that some of the engines took part in was the 'Grand Oil and Gas Trophy Parade.' Ralph Smith of Plain City, Ohio, took top honors in the parade. He won with his 1904, 15 HP Sistersville Reid, which was part of a special display along with other Sistersville Reids, in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the festival and show.

Another special engine exhibit was the pumping jack showing the way oil was pumped from the ground. This exhibit belonged to Bob Anderson of Marietta, Ohio.