GUSHER DAYS HISTORY
Click here to view the GUSHER DAY Souvenir Edition of 1996
AN EARLY GUSHER DAY
(Left to right) Clara Boyter Norris (1924-2008), Margaret Pace Weaver (1923-present), H. "Slick" Dickey (1932-2011), Willa Guess McCord (1921-1983) and Louella Allborty Barton (1918-1986)
GUSHER DAY grew out of a high school reunion organized by Willa McCord and other Oil City residents of the day. The first annual GUSHER DAY was held on April 26th, 1980. KWKH broadcast live from Oil City for 8 hours, interviewing local businessmen, contest winners, politicians including then Mayor Robert “Bobby” Sibley. Included in the days activities were an Apple Pie Baking Contest, Pie and Cake Walk, Hay Scramble, Rope Pull, Egg Chunk, Bait Casting, Sack Races and many other activities. In other years, local Oil businesses displayed their oil field equipment. Past GUSHER DAY Grand Marshals have included such notables as Red Adair in 1983 and Sorrell “Boss Hogg” Booke in 1984. More recent GUSHER DAYS have seen parades with floats from various organizations, marching bands, antique auto show, Sky Divers, and even “Tricked Out” lawnmowers along with the Towns latest Law Enforcement and Safety Vehicles. GUSHER DAYS has evolved into a series of vital community events and local sponsorships with the cooperation of the TOWN OF OIL CITY, the SENIORS OF OIL CITY CLUB (SOC), and a group of dedicated volunteer committee members.