If you're in Sistersville this weekend and hear laughter emanating from the Elks or see oddly attired women roaming the streets, don't be alarmed. It simply means it is time for the 14th annual Sisters Fest.
A varied assortment of women, both related by blood and just by friendship, will converge on the town for the event that boasts more fun than a slumber party. This year's theme, Sisters Just Wanna Have Fun, will bring back the 1980s ... along with the decade's big hair, obsession with MTV and arcade games.
The festivities get under way Friday with registration at 5 p.m., followed by the appetizer and dessert contest at 6 p.m.
Two sisters, Debbie Booher and Jane Baker, play up the western theme at last year’s Sisters Fest.
At 7:30 p.m. the real laughter begins as attendees bring their best - or at least most entertaining - acts to the variety show. There is no judging, as this is all just for fun.
All of these events take place in the Sistersville Elks ballroom, located on Charles Street across from the Wells Inn.
Saturday begins with breakfast in the ballroom prepared and served by the Sistersville Volunteer Fire Department, 8-10 a.m. At 10 a.m., the Sistersville General Hospital Relay for Life team will conduct a Bingo game that is open to the public (Sisters Fest registration not required). The prizes will be various items.
A change from past years, the luncheon will be held at the Sistersville Country Club. The ladies can drive themselves to that venue or enjoy free chauffeur service from the Elks in a van or classic Packard.
The lunch will still be prepared by the Sistersville Lions Club Women.
After lunch the fun will resume at the Elks ballroom. There will be a corn bag toss tournament at 1:30 p.m. and the "How Well Do You Know Your Sister?" game show at 2:30 p.m.
At 5 p.m., the women will gather in front of the Wells Inn and proceed down Wells Street to the post office where a group photo will be taken on the front steps.
For more information, call her at 304-532-8403.
The final event of the weekend will be the banquet at 6 p.m. The Elks will cater with a main entree of pork loin. Members of the Sistersville Community Theater will perform a scene from the three-act stage play "Wine and Afterthoughts."