SISTERSVILLE -- The British pop group Eurythmics and R&B singer Aretha Franklin came up with a sisters' empowerment anthem that had good beat and a strong refrain which comes to mind as sisters from near and far come to town to celebrate the 18th annual Sisters Fest.
"Sisters are doin' it for themselves.
Standin' on their own two feet.
And ringin' on their own bells.
Sisters are doin' it for themselves."
Eh, they don't make music like that any more, but it doesn't matter because sisters will be doing it for themselves March 17-18 at the Elks Lodge. This year's theme is "Heroes and Villains".
"Sisters Fest is a festival to celebrate sisters and friends," said Valerie Reed, a key organizer of the event. "If you don't come with a friend or come solo, you will leave with many sisters."
No boys aloud, but that's OK.
"Sisters return every year to reunite with the blood sisters, friends and Sisters Fest sisters," Reed said.
"It's a big old reunion of sisters. A weekend to kick back, relax and do what you want to do."
Registration will be sold at the door Friday until sold out. Registration is available for Fri night's dessert and appetizer contest $12 and luncheon tickets available at the door $10.
Reed said the town will be invaded by many superheroes and villains this weekned.
"I cherish having been a part of this great event since the second year, and spending a weekend with my sisters, Casey and Rainelle, and the many other sisters/friends that I've made through the years," Reed said.
Dawn (Price) Wilson of Parkersburg knows something about sisterhood.
"Spending time with my sisters is always a special occasion," she said. "We all have our lives but being together even if it is for a short time. We get to reminisce and relive memories and then make new memories. We have grown so much we call ourselves The Price Sisters plus."
And there's Wilson's other 'sisters' that she will spends time turning time into memories.
"For one weekend, we are 'all sisters," she said. "Sisters that we have known for years and the new ones that we meet from all over."
The annual Appetizer and Dessert Contest will be held at 7 p.m. Friday. This event is free after registration.
Each entry for the contest will be entered to win $25.
Participants will taste and vote for 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 Slumber Party). Please bring recipes.
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 a $5 entry fee - attendees will judge - and the winner gets all the money.
"Well, this is the third Sisters Fest without my mom," Wilson She was so big on Sisters Fest and having her girls, grand daughters all together so all the memories with her are special . My favorite though was her one liner in our skit He doesn't have a temperature but he is sure hot!' (About Matthew Mcconaughey) we have represented the Price Sisters at Sisters Fest for 17 of the 18 years.
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.
Saturday's fun begins with breakfast. Participants are encouraged to partake of a wholesome and hearty breakfast on their own before the fun begins.
Many morning and afternoon activities for Saturday will be announced later. However, from noon to 1:30 p.m. all ladies should head to the Methodist Church, where the Lions Club women will be preparing a wonderful spread for enjoyment.
There will be costume contest/parade in the Elks ballroom during the banquet.
After the banquet, a group picture will be taken in the ballroom.
The events of the fun-filled weekend will wrap up at 6 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 baked steak, mashed potatoes, salad, roll, and dessert. The cost for the banquet dinner is $15, and the banquet will conclude with recognition of contest winners and the Secret Sister gift exchange. Seats go fast, so please register!
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 at a later notice on Facebook.