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Picnic-In-The-Park Another Success

By Staff | Jul 15, 2015

Photo by Bill Dawson A gorgeous and mesmerizing fireworks display closed out the festivities at Sistersville’s Picnic in the Park, held Sunday, July 5.

While most communities celebrated the 4th of July weekend with parades, music, get together’s and community events on Friday and Saturday, Sistersville put together another great Picnic-in-the-park on Sunday.

In what has become a town tradition for the past 19 years, the annual gigantic fireworks display which lasted over 20 minutes, brought an end to another successful event.With the rain holding off, It will long be remembered as a great day in Sistersville.

With the inaugural Sistersville picnic-in-the-park youth fishing tournament starting the day at 10 a.m. over 20 kids ranging in ages from two to 15 took part in the event.

The tournament which is sponsored by the Sistersville Ferry board was deemed a success by chairman Phil Konopacky a ferry board member and city councilman. Konopacky said the ferry board donated money out of their own pockets for the inaugural event and each winner in their age group received cash prizes plus a trophy.

Winning the nine through 11 age bracket was Trevor Ross, he received $20 plus a trophy for his effort as the most dedicated fisherman. Although he never caught a fish he had two hooked that got away.

In the 12-14 year old bracket Ethan Cross came away a big winner with a $50 first place prize and a $25 prize for the biggest catch, a two pound 3 ounce catfish.

Jordan Wade took home $50 by winning first place in the 15-17 bracket and Josie McAdams claimed second place for $20. Both received trophy’s for their efforts.

Konopacky said he hopes to make this an annual part of the picnic and believes it will grow each year as the word gets out about the prizes the kids can win.

Also on Sunday the park and pool opened it’s new splash pad. By noon the pool had nearly 135 kids running around under the new addition, with water splashing everywhere. Give credit to the park and pool board and all the volunteers who made this happen. What a joy to see all the kids once again enjoying the park and pool.

The activities in the park included free ice cream, music on the stage, food stands and concessions, pizza, funnelcakes and sno biz shave ice. Kids rock climbing was also available. Everywhere you looked people and kids were enjoying the day. Boys and girls were playing basketball, skate boarding and using the playground equipment.

Another great show was enjoyed by all when the Carriers a local Gospel group took the stage. The group is spearheaded by Dave and Mike Kelly who have been singing together for over 40 years. While the music might have changed some the message they put out has not. What a great talent singing the message of love and peace in a time when the world is in need of it the most.

One of the thrills of the day was seeing Edith Taylor dressed in her best red, white and blue outfit to show her support for her country. It’s always a pleasure to see Edith.

A lot of hard work goes into putting on an event like this and Sistersville is lucky to have great support from the business community and volunteers who are willing to work year around to guarantee the next event will take place.

Back in 1986 Sistersville started a July 4th celebration and the current picnic-in-the-park has been ongoing for the past 19 years. Barb Vincent and Carman Silliman have co-chaired the event for the past 19 years and have been involved since it’s inception in 1986. They do a wonderful job and Sistersville should be proud of them for this huge undertaking. The cost of the fireworks alone is enough to make most people give up but these two just keep plugging along all year doing fundraisers and working with the locals to make it happen. Also thanks should be given to city council for endorsing this community action. No doubt about it, the fireworks display is by far the best in the valley. 22 minutes long with a fantastic finish.