They say everyone has a doppelganger. Perhaps your doppelganger was one of the prominent citizens of 1860s Pithole.

Next month, Drake Well Museum and Park and the Friends of Drake Well will host the Pithole 150 Look-Alike Contest as part of the annual Wildcatter Day at Pithole event.

The contest is one of many programs scheduled to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s legendary oil boomtown.

The opening event of the Pithole 150 celebration, Wildcatter Day at Pithole, will take place June 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Pithole Historic Site, 14118 Pithole Road, just off state Route 227, near Plumer. There is an admission fee. Children 4 and younger may be admitted for free.

The Pithole 150 Look-Alike Contest is free and open to men and women of all ages.

Contestants should resemble Reverend Darius Steadman, Mrs. Steadman, Ben Hogan or Pauline Rudolph.

Photos and brief biographies of each of these historic Pithole figures are available on the Drake Well Museum Facebook page in the Look-Alike photo album.

Judging will take place at 1:30 p.m., with the announcement of winners to follow at 2:45.  

Contestants will be judged on their resemblance to and knowledge of the historical figure they are portraying, as well as on their authenticity of character.  

Authentic period clothing is not required.

The top look-alike for each Pithole persona will receive a framed certificate, deeming him or her that historical character for one year and a prize package including a gift certificate, a free family pass to the Pithole 150 Vintage Baseball Game, and Pithole souvenirs.

Winners will also be highlighted on Drake Well Museum’s Facebook page.

To register for the contest, contact Sarah Goodman, Drake Well Museum educator, at 827-2797, or sargoodman@pa.gov.

Additional information about Pithole 150 events and other museum programs is available at drakewell.org, by calling 827-2797, or finding Drake Well Museum on Facebook. 

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