Queen to be Crowned
SISTERSVILLE – The 48th annual West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival Queen’s Pageant is days away from crowning a new queen to preside over September’s festival.
The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sistersville Elementary School. Admission to the pageant is $5 and children under 5-years-old are free.
Young ladies from all over the state will be participating in the pageant.
Kelly Simms will be serving as the pageant’s director with Kristina Snider as the emcee.
“We will feature girls from all over the state competing for our 2016 title,” Simms said. “Our pageant will determine who will wear the WV Oil and Gas Festival crown for the next year.”
Emily Lopez, the festival’s reigning queen, will pass the crown to the winner. Not only is Lopez the reigning queen, but she is also the queen of the West Virginia Association of Fairs and Festivals. She competed against 82 top contestants from across the state in the pageant to claim the crown in January in Charleston.
“We are so looking forward to the pageant and to having our WV Association of Fairs and Festivals queen crowning our 2016 WV Oil and Gas Festival Queen,” Simms said.
Lopez said representing the region’s oil and natural gas industry is a big job.
“I realize the importance of choosing the right girl to represent this festival,” she said. “Taking on this responsibility, it was my job to inform and advocate the hard working individuals that have made the Oil and Gas Industry one of the fastest growing industries in the state. In the area in which I live, the oil and gas industry serves as a vital source of jobs and income for my family, friends, and community. I value heritage, tradition, and things that make West Virginia unique. That is why it has been an honor to continue the tradition of this pageant and festival which is to celebrate and honor the Oil and Gas Industry in our state.”
The new queen will receive $1,800 in cash, a crown, a sash, flowers, a plaque, gifts and reign over the festival’s activities as well as the “Grand Oil and Gas Trophy Parade” in September. She will also represent the festival at Fairs and Festival’s convention in Charleston.