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Festival Celebrates 42 Years Of Tradition

By Staff | Jul 22, 2010

The Sistersville City Park will once again be abuzz with gas engines and many activities and events in celebration of the 42nd annual West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival, Sept. 16-18.
Preceding the week of the festival, the Big Moses 5K walk/run will be held on Sept. 11.
As in years past, the first day of the festival is especially for senior citizens. All senior citizens will be admitted free from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Entertainment for the senior program showcases Mountaineer Bluegrass Express. Other events are opening ceremonies, seventh annual gospel sing, and talent show.
Friday, Sept. 17, will feature the annual gas engine auction, Gib Morgan wrench throwing contest, and entertainment.
The final day of the festival, Sept. 18, begins with the Oil and Gas Man of the Year luncheon by invitation, an antique and rod and custom car show, and the Grand O&G Trophy Parade.
Parade attractions include the O&G Man of the Year as parade marshal, queens, honored guests, bands, floats, horses, marching units, and oil and gas equipment.
Following the parade, marching bands will travel to Tyler Consolidated High School for the annual Band-A-Rama competition.
In the afternoon, special children’s events have been planned, as well as a horseshoe pitching contest and a cornhole tournament.
The evening entertainment will be One-A-Chord and Stonestreet.
Events on the schedule for all three days include old gas engine show, exhibits, country store with demonstrations of craft making, craft booths, commercial booths, game booths, and festival sale booths.
Over the history of the festival, 14 states and Canada have been represented with engine displays.
During the festival, enjoy a historic walking tour around Sistersville, visit businesses, and take a ride across the Ohio River courtesy of the Sistersville Ferry.
The Festival Board announced a decrease in gate admission. The following general admission prices were set: adults (13 years old and over) $2, children (seven years old to 12 years old) $1, (six years old and under) free. With this reduction, no season passes will be sold.