Ox Roast schedule packed with family-friendly festivities


(Posted Aug. 28, 2023)

The West Jefferson Community Association will host the annual Ox Roast festival Sept. 2-4 at Garrette Park. The following is the schedule of events. For more information about contests and other facets of the festival, visit https://www.westjeffoxroast.org/index.html.

Saturday, Sept. 2
12-10 p.m.–Vendors, crafts, bounce houses, and games
12 p.m.–Parade – “Up, Up, and Away!”
1:30 p.m.–Visiting queens promote festivals (West Jefferson Hardware Stage)
2 p.m.–Queens Luncheon (West Jefferson High School)
2:30-4 p.m.–“TBD: The Improvised Musical” (West Jefferson Hardware Stage)
4 p.m.–Watermelon eating contest (West Jeff Hardware Stage)
5 p.m.–Queens contest – Little Miss, Jr. Miss, and Miss Ox Roast (West Jefferson Hardware Stage)
6:30 p.m.–Pie auction (West Jefferson Hardware Stage)
7 p.m.–Ox Roast Dance (Garrette Park)
8-9:30 p.m.–West Jefferson High School Jazz Band (West Jefferson Hardware Stage)

Sunday, Sept. 3
9 a.m.–Community Church Service (West Jeff Hardware Stage)
12-10 p.m.–Vendors, crafts, bounce houses, and games
12:30-5 p.m.–“Ox Idol” (West Jefferson Hardware Stage)
3 p.m.–Kiddie Tractor Pull signups (Sandwich Serving Shelter)
3:30 p.m.–Kiddie Tractor Pull (Sandwich Serving Shelter)
5 p.m.–Hot Dog Eating Contest (Sandwich Serving Tent)
5:30 p.m.–Lighting of the Pit
6-10 p.m.–“Ox Idol” (West Jefferson Hardware Stage)

Monday, Sept. 4
7 a.m. –Ox Roast Bicycle Tour (Ox Roast Grounds)
8 a.m.–Running of the Ox 5K and 1-Mile Walk (West Jefferson High School)
10 a.m.-2 p.m.–Cruise-In West Jefferson (top of the hill)
11 a.m.-7 p.m.–Vendors, crafts, bounce houses, and games
11 a.m.–Oxy Baby, Oxy Tot, and Oxy Sweethearts Contest (West Jefferson Hardware Stage)
11:30 a.m.–Ox Roast Sandwich Tickets go on sale (Ox Box)
12-6 p.m.–Serving of Ox Roast Sandwiches (Sandwich Serving Shelter)
12-5 p.m.–Drive-Thru Only serving of Ox Roast sandwiches
1 p.m.–Ice Cream Eating Contest (West Jefferson Hardware Stage)
2-4 p.m.–“Our Short Years” band (West Jeff Hardware Stage)
4 p.m.–Donut Hole Eating Contest (West Jeff Hardware Stage)
4:30 p.m.–Raffle Drawing (West Jefferson Hardware Stage)
5-7 p.m.–“Victorious KayBirds” (West Jeff Hardware Stage)
7:30 p.m.–Sale of Ox Roast Beef (Sandwich Shelter)

Ride wristbands, raffle tickets, sandwich tickets, and payment options
Bounce House wristbands can be purchased at the Ox Box for $10 each.

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Ox Box during festival weekend. Ticket sales end at 4 p.m. Sept. 4.

Ox Roast sandwiches cost $9 each.

Payments for ride wristbands, raffle tickets, sandwiches, and donations to the Ox Roast can be made using cash, check, or Venmo (@westjeffoxroast or 614-879-8818). Additionally, credit cards can be used to buy sandwiches.

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