Sistersfest to feature “Oz”
The month of March is quickly approaching, which can mean only one thing for the city of Sistersville: Sisters Fest. This year’s theme is “Wizard of Oz.”
The event for fun-loving, sisters or just friends, will be held in Sistersville March 20 and 21. This year’s theme is “Wizard of Oz.”
While registrations for Sisters Fest are taken at any time, including at the door, the registration deadline to be included in a drawing for $100 cash is March 1. Events fill up quickly and T-shirts should be pre-ordered to assure correct size. Sizes will be limited at the event. A $10 registration fee is required for access to any of the events. A separate fee might be required for participation in some of the other events however, such as the luncheon and banquet dinner, which require a $10 and $15 fee, respectively.
This year, Sisters Fest also plans to give back the county by asking each festival attendee to bring a can or two of food for the local food bank. Each donation will warrant a door prize ticket.
Sisters Fest will begin March 20, 6 p.m., with registration, followed by the appetizer and dessert contest at 7 p.m. The attendees bring in their favorite foods to share with others at this time of mingling. The ladies sample the fare and vote on their favorites in the categories of Best Dessert, Best Appetizer, Best Theme Food (a dessert or appetizer that best represents this year’s theme of Wizard of Oz). Winners are announced and awarded at the banquet Saturday. Each entry for the appetizer and dessert contest will be entered to win $25. Participants are also asked to bring their recipes or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At 8 p.m., the real laughter begins as sisters and friends gather to take part in the variety show. Participants are encouraged to sing a song, do a skit, read a poem, or whatever other talent they wish to display. There is no judging, as this is all just for fun and, of course, lots of laughs.
All of these events take place in the Sistersville Elks ballroom, located on Charles Street across from the Wells Inn. The facility serves as the headquarters for Sisters Fest and is handicap accessible by the back entrance, near the Par Mar.
March 21 begins with breakfast. Participants are encouraged to partake of a wholesome and hearty breakfast before the fun begins. As in the past, a local organization may provide a breakfast. If this is the case, Sisters Fest will announce such at a later date.
If breakfast isn’t your cup of tea, at noon the women of the Lions Club will be preparing a wonderful luncheon for the ladies’ enjoyment. The luncheon costs $10. If you can, please bring old eyeglasses for donation to the Lions Club.
At 6:15 p.m., sisters and friends are encouraged to meet in front of the Wells Inn for the Costume and Ruby Slipper Contest. Awards will be given for first, second, and third places. “Costume and Ruby Slipper are separate contests, with the Ruby Slipper contest being an opportunity for the ladies to show off their craftier skills,” explained Valerie Keys, one of the organizers. In the past, Sisters Fest have had contests for making a stick horse, umbrella, hat, or more. Participants are encouraged to be creative with their slipper/shoe. Prizes will be given for the Prettiest and Most Creative.
The annual glitz, glamour, and spectacle of the annual Sisters Fest parade will take place at 6:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring some candy to throw out for the kids. After the parade, a group picture will be taken on the post office steps at 6:45 p.m.
The events of the fun-filled weekend will wrap up at 7 p.m. with the banquet. This year the dinner, which will be upstairs in the Elks ballroom, will be catered by Elks Lodge members and will include lasagna, salad, roll, and dessert. The cost for the banquet dinner is $15, and the banquet will conclude with recognition of contest winners and door prizes.
Other Sisters Fest weekend events will include “Amazing Race,” and “How Well Do You Know Your Sister?” The former is based on the TV show with the same name and will begin at the Elks Ballroom. “How Well Do You Know Your Sister?” is a favorite Sisters Fest event and is a “Newlywed Game”-style of game where sisters and friends are asked questions about each other. It is always filled with laughter, tears, and is a fun way to learn about your fellow “Sisters.” Times for these activities will be determined later on Facebook.
For more information join the Sisters Fest group on Facebook; e-mail email@example.com; or call Anna Cooper at 304-532-8403.