A 15 HP Reid owned by Herald Smith of New Martinsville, WV
The 24th annual Old Gas Engine Show, an event held at the West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival in Sistersville, along the Ohio River, has been termed a big success. We had one of the best shows ever held in our 24-year history. The weather brought out thousands of festival visitors to see the many different types of engines that were on display.
The engine show had 150 engine owners register, who brought with them 273 engines of all sizes, 110 models, seven tractors and 39 miscellaneous displays. Twelve states were represented. Of the 150 exhibitors, 122 joined the West Virginia Oil and Gas Engine Club which was formed one year earlier.
The Wiser Oil Company of Texas, and Quaker State Corporation of Oil City, Pennsylvania, were the sponsors for this year's show. Their sponsorship made it possible for free admission for engine owners and their families, free camping with their engines, can of oil and dash plaque for each registered exhibitor. Plans are for the same setup at the 25th annual show.
Events during the four day festival were daily entertainment, a dozen food booths, scale model derrick-building contest, outhouse trot races, antique auto show, grand oil and gas trophy parade, lawn garden tractor pull, horseshoe pitching contest, oil and gas exhibits, craft sales, craft demonstrations, game booths, art exhibit, photo exhibit, craft exhibit, silent auction, rod and custom auto show, country store, gas hog mud bog, canoe races on the Ohio River, Gib Morgan children's games, marble shooting championships, amateur talent contest, baseball card show, Senior Citizens Day entertainment-contest-program, Senior Citizen Queen pageant, educational exhibits, bingo, Junior and Senior Bowl football games, bicycle decorating contest, West Virginia Oil and Gas Man of the Year luncheon, golf tournament, Band-A-Rama, muzzle-loader shoot, old time fiddle contest, oil giveaway, and much, much more.
We are making plans for our 25th annual engine show and festival September 16-19, and it looks like it will be even better than last year's. We invite all types of engines to Sistersville to help us honor the oil and gas industry. Without this great industry there wouldn't be any engines, steam or gas or even water. So come to our show and have some fun with your friends.
For information on the show, write to the West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival, Attn: Engine Show, P.O. Box 25, Sistersville, WV 26175, or to Wilbert Anderson, 808 Highland Ave., New Martinsville, WV 26155.