Lots of contests at West Jefferson Ox Roast


(Posted Aug. 29, 2022)

The West Jefferson Ox Roast festival, set for Sept. 3-5, offers a wide variety of interactive activities, including several contests.

A car show will take place Sept. 5. Registration runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with awards announced at 3 p.m. The cost to enter is $10. Awards will go to the Favorite 35, Ladies’ Choice, and Ox Roast Choice. Door prizes and a 50/50 raffled are planned. For details, contact Ronnie at (614) 352-4868.

Running of the Ox 5K and 1-mile Run/Walk
The West Jefferson Youth Athletic Association is hosting a 5K and 1-mikle run/walk at 8 a.m. Sept. 5. The course starts and finishes at West Jefferson High School. Through Sept. 4, entrants can register online; the cost is $20 for ages 0 to 17 years old and $35 for ages 18 and older. Same-day registration is $40 for adults and $20 for ages 0-17.

Awards will go to the top two male and female finishers overall. The top finishers in the following age groups will be recognized, as well: 14 and younger, 15-19, and 20 and older.

Eating Contests
There is no cost to enter any of the following eating contests.
– Pie–4 p.m. Sept. 3
-Watermelon–7 p.m. Sept. 3
- Donut holes–1:30 p.m. Sept. 4
– Hot dogs–5 p.m. Sept. 4
– Ice Cream–1:30 p.m. Sept. 5

Front Row Bar will present a cornhole contest Sept. 4 from 4 to 9 p.m. The kids/high-schoolers division starts at 4 p.m. The adults division starts at approximately 6 p.m.

Oxy Tot Contest
Girls ages 25 months old to 4 years old are eligible to participate in the Oxy Tot contest. The contestant that receives the most points will be the winner. Points are 10 cents each.
Entrants must decorate a container in any manner they desire and place it in an establishment of their choice. A festival representative will keep tally on the number of points received. Containers must be turned in at the Ox Box on the festival grounds by 6 p.m. Sept. 4.

The contest began Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 4.

Each participant receives a certificate and a bag of goodies. The winner receives a crown, trophy, flowers and sash. The winner will be announced following the Sweetheart Contest on Sept. 5.

For details, contact Donna Warner at (614) 580-7031.

Baby Contest
The annual Oxy Baby King and Baby Queen contest is set for 11 a.m. Sept. 5 at the National Road Bar stage on the festival grounds.

There are separate categories for girls and boys. The age groups are: 0-6 months old, 7-12 months old, 13-18 months old, and 19-24 months old.

The entry fee is $10. A copy of a hospital record or birth certificate is required. Each participant receives a certificate. Winners receive prizes.

The deadline to enter is Sept. 3. Entry forms are available at: Flyer’s Pizza, 121 W. Main St., West Jefferson; West Jefferson Hardware, 228 E. Main St., West Jefferson; www.westjeffoxroast.org; or by calling or texting Donna Warner at (614) 580-7031.

Kiddie Tractor Pull
The kiddie tractor pull is set for 3:30 p.m. Sept. 4. The pull is free to enter.

The West Jefferson Ox Roast parade will take place on Sept. 3. Line-up is at 11 a.m. and step-off is at noon. This year’s theme is “Hawaiian Luau.” Anyone who wants to participate is asked to fill out a parade form which can be found online at www.westjeffoxroast.org. Awards and prize money will be given out to top entries. For details, call Sandy Boucher at (614) 879-9662.


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