W. Va Oil & Gas Festival


| January/February 1980



22 horse Bessemer

P.O. Box 25, Sistersville, West Virginia 26175

The annual Old Gas Engine Show held each year as an event of the West Virginia Oil & Gas Festival in Sistersville, West Virginia, has been called by festival officials as a big success again this year. Over 120 owners of gas and steam engines exhibited over 240 engines at this years show, which was held September 15 and 16 at the City Park.

Officials feel that the reason for the success was the fact that more room was made available this year. This made it possible for exhibitors to set up by their campers. Other improvements were also made in the layout of the area.

Quaker State Oil Refinery Company was again the sponsor of the show, with the festival serving as host. A free dase plate was given to each exhibitor who registered. Also given was a can of oil, free gas and propane for those who needed it. There was no admission charge or camping fee for exhibitors. One exhibitor from Uniontown, Pennsylvania stated that the reason he liked coming back year after year was because of the friendly people and that there was no hassle in setting up and displaying his engines, also the fact that everything was free to exhibitors.

The Old Gas Engine Show is one of West Virginia's largest shows of its type and it got its start nine years ago when two men from Wheeling, West Virginia, brought a pickup load of engines down to display. Over the next nine years it has grown into a family-type show where old friends get together and have some fun and enjoy the festival. This year five states took part with Ohio providing the most entries.

During the festival, which is held four days each year, and is open to engine owners free, there are many events and entertainment going on daily. Some are: antique auto show, oil and gas exhibits, grand oil and gas trophy parade, art exhibit, craft exhibit, photo exhibit, flea market, craft sales, games, food booths, sales booths, baton championships, West Virginia wrist wrestling championships, band-a-rama, give-a-ways, silant auction, Gib Morgan contest, river boat rides, country store, clowns and more of everything. One of the special events that seems to be a favorite of the campers is the camp fire sing on Saturday night.