Scenes from the 2018 West Jeff Ox Roast

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(Posted Sept. 9, 2018)

Photos by Jeff Pfeil

Scenes from West Jefferson’s Ox Roast, held Sept. 1-3 at Garrette Park:

Marshall Jacob keeps his eye on the finish line in the kiddie tractor pull. He ended up going 31 feet 1 inch in a pull-off to finish first in his weight division.
Max Darlington of West Jefferson really digs in during the pie eating contest sponsored by Sweet Madeline’s.
Keahlie Cruz of Commercial Point sings during the finals of the West Jefferson Ox Roast talent show on Sept. 3. Cruz won the competition. Other finishers were: Aubree McCurday of Columbus, second; Kaleigh Loughridge of Columbus, third; and Nadia Watson of West Jefferson, fourth.
Ox Roast coordinator A.J. Hymiller serves the first sandwiches of the 2018 Ox Roast to West Jefferson resident Susie Lindig.
Joe Denes trims fat from an eye-of-round beef roast after it is removed from the pit. After trimming, the roast goes to slicers then to the sandwich makers.
Brian Postle carries another bundle of wood to the pit to make a bed of coals for the Ox Roast. A layer of sand is placed over the coals before foil wrapped roasts are placed in the pit then covered with sheet metal and more sand to create an in-ground oven. A total of 5,000 pounds of eye-of-round beef was roasted for sandwiches served on Labor Day.
Winners in the Miss Ox Roast contest were: (from left) Taylor Fry, first attendant; Whitney Stires, queen; and Madison Myers, second attendant.
Winners in the Junior Miss Ox Roast contest were: (from left) Madelynn Kovalcik, first attendant; Morgan Hall, queen; and Allie Russell, second attendant.
Winners in the Little Miss Ox Roast contest were: (from left) Layla Hayes-Wilkins, first attendant; Lillian LaRosa, queen; and Haylee Adams, second attendant.

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