Oil And Gas Festival Kicks Off Thursday
The 46th annual West Virginia Oil and Gas Festival will be held at the Sistersville City Park Sept. 11-13 offering crafts, activities, entertainment and an Oil and Gas engine show for all ages to enjoy.
The festival will officially kick-off on Thursday with the old gas engine show beginning at 10 a.m. The senior citizens program is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. with entertainment and activities.
The official flag raising ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. at the City Park, followed by a Gospel Concert at 5:30 p.m. and the amateur talent show at 7 p.m.
Those planning to take part in the annual talent show are asked to meet at the stage area at the city park at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Three winners will be chosen in each age division, and winners will receive trophies. The Best of Show will also be presented. The deadline to enter the talent show is at noon on Thursday, Sept. 11.
Friday’s events will feature the Gib Morgan Wrench Throwing Contest at 6 p.m. and entertainment on the stage provided by “Smoke Daddy and the Crawfish” from 6-7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the Old Gas Engine show will begin at 9 a.m.; the Antique and Rod and Custom Show will also begin at 9 a.m. at the soccer field, near the city park. The West Virginia Oil and Gas Man of the Year Luncheon (by invitation only) will be held at 10:45 a.m. followed by the Grand Oil and Gas Trophy Parade at 1 p.m.
Organizations, groups, and individuals are encouraged to participate in this year’s parade. There are no entry fees to enter a unit in the parade. Entries will be accepted on the day of the parade. To enter a unit, or for questions about the parade, contact Barbara Vincent at 304-652-2939.
This years parade will feature 14 high school bands from all over West Virginia and one from Ohio: Tyler Consolidated, Hundred, Williamstown, Paden City, Doddridge, Wirt, Shennandoah, Magnolia, Valley, Liberty, George Washington, Parkersburg South, Bridgeport and Cabell Midland.
The Oil and Gas Band-A-Rama will take place at Tyler Consolidated High School, immediately following the parade. All of the bands marching in the parade will participate in the Band-A-Rama, along with the Roane County High School band (who can not make the parade this year).
Children’s activities and contests will be held on the grounds throughout the day and a cornhole tournament will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Entertainment on the stage on Saturday will include: The Carriers at 2:30 p.m.; National Pike Pickers, 4:30 p.m.; and Ron Retzer and Trio will take the stage at 7 p.m.
All three days of the event, festival goers will find many things to interest and entertain them such as: Oil and Gas Expo; craft sales and demonstrations; country store; educational exhibits; oil give-a-way; derrick building contest; food booths; Greg Holden’s rock climbing wall; Bingo; window displays in business district; and the Gold Derrick Gallery, Oil and Gas Festival Juried Art Show at the Gaslight Theater.