Reunion celebrates 50 years of Ox Roast queens

(Posted April 8, 2024)

By Jeff Pfeil, Staff Photographer

Nancy Gantner, the 2023 West Jefferson Ox Roast queen, organized a queens reunion celebrating 50 years of Ox Roast queens. The reunion was held on April 6 at the West Jefferson Community Center. The group enjoyed a meal and shared memories. The Ox Roast started in 1951.

The queens contest was held 1953-1978, 1999-2019, and 2021 to date. Nancy Gantner is the festival’s 50th queen.

Queens attending the reunion included: (front row, from left) Rosemary (Rice) Long, 1956; Paula Peters, 1964; Lori (Schneider) Feddern, 1973; Erica (Samples) Watkinson, 1999; Kriston (Buehler) Evans, 2002; Nancy Gantner, 2023.; (back row) Holly (Smith) Langham, 2003; Elizabeth Lynch, 2006; Taylor (Sibbalds) Patterson, 2009; Dana (Ellinger) Dalton, 2010; Whitney Stires, 2016; and Carlee Blackburn, 2022.

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