2017 Ox Roast this weekend


The West Jefferson Ox Roast will be held Saturday through Monday this Labor Day weekend.

There will be rides, vendors, crafts and games all three days. On Saturday, Sept. 2, there will be a parade at noon; the Queens Contest, Little Miss, Jr. Miss and Miss Ox Roast at the Main Stage starting at 5 p.m.; and a pie (4 p.m. at Mike’s Trucking Stage) and watermelon eating contest (7 p.m.), among other events.

The theme for this year’s parade is “African Safari” and lines up at 11 a.m. The parade grand marshal will be Bob Harper of West Jefferson.

Harper has been a member of the West Jefferson village council, Jefferson Township fiscal officer where he is presently township administrator, and a member of the West Jefferson United Methodist Church. He has also been in charge of the West Jefferson July Fourth Street Fest for more than a decade.

He is a member of the West Jefferson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7005, and is retired from Emory Winslow.

The annual talent show will begin with the preliminaries from 8:30-10 p.m. Saturday with the finals from 5-7 p.m. on Monday. Individuals and groups are invited to compete.

On Sept. 3, Sunday, there will be a Kiddie Tractor Pull at 3:30 p.m. near Mike’s Trucking Stage, and a hot dog eating contest at 5 p.m. near the sandwich serving area behind the main stage.

On Monday, there will be an Ox Roast Bicycle Tour — Ox Roast Grounds; at 8 a.m the running of the Ox 5K; the Cruisin’ Car Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ice cream eating contest will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the main stage. The Oxy Baby, Oxy Tot and Oxy Sweethearts contest will be held on the Main Stage at 11:30 a.m. Ox Roast Sandwich tickets go on sale with serving of sandwiches from noon to 6:30 p.m.

For the Baby Contest, there is a $10 entry fee with a deadline of Saturday to enter. Age groups for boys and girls are 0-6 months, 7-12 months, 13-18 months, and 19-24 months. In the Oxy Tot competition, girls can compete in ages 25 months-four years old. Entrants are also required to decorate a container to be turned in by 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The Annual Ox Roast Bicycle Tour will be held Monday, 7:30 and 8 a.m. depending on the route, which will be 32 miles and 66 miles. The bike tour starts at Garrette Park in West Jefferson and runs through Madison and Franklin counties.

For registration information, go to www.fmcpt.com.

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The 2017 Ox Roast Junior Miss contestants are from left, Lilly Bussey, Briana Peterman and Kiera Piazza.
http://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/08/web1_OxRoastJuniorMisscontestantspiccol.jpgThe 2017 Ox Roast Junior Miss contestants are from left, Lilly Bussey, Briana Peterman and Kiera Piazza. Contributed photo | Donna Warner

The 2017 Ox Roast Little Miss contestants are from left, Alexys Riley and Naudia Garrett. Also participating are Taylor Gatterdam, Jayla Jackson and Payton Curry.
http://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/08/web1_OxRoastLittleMisscontestnatspiccol.jpgThe 2017 Ox Roast Little Miss contestants are from left, Alexys Riley and Naudia Garrett. Also participating are Taylor Gatterdam, Jayla Jackson and Payton Curry. Contributed photo | Donna Warner

The 2017 Ox Roast Miss contestants are from left, Nicole Evans, Whitney Stires, Mardi Bartholomew, Alison (Alie) Gookin, Anya Piazza, Taylor Fry and Alexia Hastings.
http://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/08/web1_OxRoastMisscontestantspiccol.jpgThe 2017 Ox Roast Miss contestants are from left, Nicole Evans, Whitney Stires, Mardi Bartholomew, Alison (Alie) Gookin, Anya Piazza, Taylor Fry and Alexia Hastings. Contributed photo | Donna Warner

The 2017 Ox Roast Sweethearts contestants are from left, Ava Rodgers, Kara Hockenbery, Summerlyn Martin, Nevaeh Wolbeck, Ellyvia Riley, Zoey Storts and Cayla Mason. Also participating are Brooklyn Young, Shaylyn Garringer and Cloighi Curry.
http://www.madison-press.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2017/08/web1_OxRoastSweetheartscontestantspiccol.jpgThe 2017 Ox Roast Sweethearts contestants are from left, Ava Rodgers, Kara Hockenbery, Summerlyn Martin, Nevaeh Wolbeck, Ellyvia Riley, Zoey Storts and Cayla Mason. Also participating are Brooklyn Young, Shaylyn Garringer and Cloighi Curry. Contributed photo | Donna Warner
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