From parade to sandwiches: West Jeff Ox Roast in pictures

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(Posted Sept. 4, 2019)

By Jeff Pfeil, Staff Photographer

The 69th Annual West Jefferson Ox Roast is in the books. The Labor Day weekend festivities took place Aug. 30-Sept. 2. A parade, eating contests, royalty contests, musical and magical performances, and, of course, the famous Ox Roast sandwiches were all part of the fun.

Dave Harper, West Jefferson Ox Roast grand marshal, rides in the 69th Annual Ox Roast Parade on Aug. 30. The parade kicked off the three-day festival.
Whitney Stires rides on a friend’s horse in her last parade as the 2018 Ox Roast queen.
West Jefferson High School’s senior football players and cheerleaders ride in the Ox Roast parade. Some of the football players wore firemen’s helmets to honor emergency first responders, the honorees for this year’s parade.
Winners of the Little Miss category of this year’s Ox Roast royalty contest are: (from left) Julia Turvy, first attendant; Layla Hayes-Wilkins, Little Miss; Brylee Huff, second attendant.
Winners of the Junior Miss category of the Ox Roast royalty contest are: (from left) Haylee Adams, first attendant; and Nancy Sue Gantner, Junior Miss.
Winners of the Miss Ox Roast category of the Ox Roast royalty contest are: (from left) Maddison Mullins, first attendant; Madison Myers, Ox Roast Queen; and Morgan Hall, second attendant.
West Jefferson police officers Maria Magana and Mallory Malone cut watermelons for the watermelon-eating contest. They also served as judges.
The West Jefferson High School Jazz Band perform on the Mike’s Trucking Stage on Aug. 30. They received rave reviews from the crowd.
Michael Griffin, and escape artist and magician, performs a trick with help from Ox Roast trustee, Patty Blake.
Winners of Division 2 of the kiddie tractor pull are: (from left) Logan Purdum, third place with a pull of 21 feet, 2.5 inches; Graham Jacob, second place with a pull of 23 feet, 6 inches; and Marshall Jacob, first place with a pull of 30 feet, 9 inches.
Kalhi Allen musters all her leg strength and determination in the kiddie pedal pull. She finished with a pull of 14 feet, 4 inches.
A rain shower that started the same time as the Ox Roast pit fire brought out the umbrellas. The Ox Roast royalty poses in front of the fire, an annual tradition.
A large crowd assembles to watch volunteers throw wood into the Ox Roast pit fire to create a bed of coals to cook the 5,000 pounds of meat that go into making the famous Ox Roast sandwiches.
West Jefferson resident Charlie Harbage takes advantage of the festival’s new sandwich drive-through. Handing him his order is volunteer Alice Conley.
Garage Signs Ink, one of the vendors in the Ox Roast Market Place, offered up this gem–the sign says it all.
A drone captured this aerial view of the Ox Roast grounds on the morning of Sept. 2, before the festival opened for the day.
Hailey Troyer and her big sister, Kylie, of London won a bicycle given away at the Ox Roast on the evening of Sept. 1. Peterman Tree and Lawn Service donated the bicycle.

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