Sisters Fest 2019 Is Themed ‘Roaring ’20s’
Sisters Fest is a long-held tradition in local Sistersville, celebrating sisterhood through activities created by a committee. One member of said committee is Sherri Hostuttler, who has been faithfully serving for seven years. As part of her job, Hostuttler does what she calls the “leg work” such as preparing questions for the beloved “How Well Do You Know Your Sister?” game and getting paperwork prepared for the various activities this event will host.
Each year, Hostuttler and the committee present Sisters Fest to the public with a new theme. As this year is the 20-year celebration of this event, the committee decided to make the theme “Roaring 20’s.” Attendees are invited to dress in clothing typical of this time period.
Sisters Fest kicks off on Friday, March 15 at 6 p.m. with registration. While registration is currently available online or through mail, it was said that registration is not accepted at the door. However, those wishing to attend the banquet dinner held on Saturday, March 16 will need to register within a week before the event. Those who registered and paid before March 1 were entered into a drawing to win $100.
Registration is set at $12, and T-shirts are available for purchase for $15.
Following registration, an Appetizer and Dessert Contest wil be held at 7 p.m.. Each food item entered into the contest will be entered to win $25. A winner will be picked for Best Dessert, Best Appetizer, and Best Theme Food – which is a food that best represents this year’s Roaring 20’s theme.
At 8 p.m. Sisters Fest will hold a Variety Show and Karaoke. All are invited to join in by presenting a skit, singing a song, or reading a poem. This is not a contest, and as such will not be judged. Sisters Fest invites all talent to come perform for a night of fun.
On Saturday, the day will start with a well-loved, traditional game “How Well Do You Know Your Sister?” This is a favorite of Sisters Fest, and is described as a “newlywed-style game” in which sisters are challenged on how well they know each other by being asked questions about one another.
From 11-12:30 brunch will be served by the Lions Club women at the Methodist Church. This event is an additional $10, and all are encouraged to donate old eyeglasses to the Lions Club during this time.
Sister groups can decide how to spend their time between 1-4 p.m. Home tours will be given in five local homes for $5; board games will be available to play at the Elks Lodge, and – in the spirit of this years theme – The Great Gatsby will be played at the Gaslight Theater. For those who do not attend Sisters Fest, house tours will still be available for $10 a person. Tickets can be purchased at the Elks Lodge.
At 6:45 p.m. all sisters are invited to gather on the stairs of the church across from the Elks Lodge for a group picture to memorialize the fun had that weekend. Immediately following the pictures will be the Banquet Dinner. This event is held at 7 p.m. for $16 in the Elks Ballroom and will be catered by the Elks Lodge members. On the menu is baked steak, mashed potatoes, salad, a roll, and a dessert.
While at the banquet, different activities will be held. One such activity is a slideshow of information and pictures from the year 1920 to 1929. Each slide will have information and facts from that year as well as famous people of that time and inventions.
While this is an annual celebration, new ideas are being presented by the committee. This year, if one brings a new sister who has never attended Sisters Fest before, they will be entered in a drawing for $25.
When asked to describe this event and how it is running it, Hostuttler said, “It’s such a blast. I’ve never had so much fun in my life.” She explained that each event holds such joy as sisters bond together, laugh over silly skits, sing songs, and try to remember facts about their sisters.
Hostuttler reported that women from all over the country – and even some from outside of the United States – come to this event. Sisters Fest invites all women over the age of 16 to grab their sisters, mothers, or friends and come to this fun-packed weekend.
For further information, one can contact Sherri Hostuttler at 304-775-4155 or 610-905-4489, or on the Facebook page Sisters Fest.