Both new artists and familiar favorites will fill the bill for the 2015 West Jefferson Ox Roast, including West Jefferson singer Blake Soles and Madison County country acts The Posse and Smokin’ Ham Band.
The entertainment for the festival kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 5. The first-ever Ohio’s Got Talent contest will start that night at 8:30 p.m., a competition open to statewide talents. The finals of the contest will take place Monday at 5 p.m.
West Jefferson local favorites The Posse will take the stage from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Posse — made up of musicians who come from backgrounds that include law enforcement, public works and the fire service — has been performing for the last 10 years with an eclectic mix of country western, oldies and rock favorites.
Another county favorite, The Smokin’ Ham Band, will make its Ox Roast debut Sunday, offering “real country music” from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.
“This is the first time they’ve performed at the Ox Roast,” Ox Roast entertainment chair Ray Martin said.
West Jefferson resident Blake Soles & The Big City Cowboys will take the stage Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday. Martin said he was impressed by the villager’s YouTube performances after he found out about Soles through his roommate.
“I didn’t realize he was that good,” Martin said. “I didn’t even know he was there.”
The bluegrass pickers Sawmill Ridge will take the stage Saturday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The Victory Express Gospel Group will sing Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.
All musical artists will perform on the Main Stage at the festival.
Martin said festival organizers are still looking for more to sign up for the talent show Saturday. More information is available at westjeffoxroast.org.
Brandon Semler can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1615 or via Twitter @BrandonSemler.
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