West Jefferson officials will allow the Ox Roast Parade to proceed as normal this Saturday, despite a building partially collapsing in downtown earlier this week.
The parade will begin at noon on Saturday on the west end of the village, according to Jeff Pfeil, president of the West Jefferson Community Association, which presents the event.
Participants will march east on Main Street through town, turn right at Center Street, and proceed to the festival grounds at Garrette Park.
The partially collapsed building will be roped off to bystanders, but a structural engineer has deemed it safe, Pfeil said.
The building, located at 38 E. Main St., collapsed about 6:25 a.m. Sunday.
Two people were taken to Doctors West Hospital with minor injuries. Four were inside the building at the time of the collapse, according to Jefferson Township Fire (JFT) Lt. Mike Cogdill.
The building held the office of dentist Dr. Gerald Weissman, who owns the building. A resident also lived in an apartment in the building, which was located in the corner that collapsed.
The incident remains under investigation.
A center lane of Main Street has since been opened for westbound traffic.
The festival, now in its 65th year, features a wide variety of food, activities and entertainment for people of all ages, including the Queen’s contest and luncheon, parade, bike tour, kiddie tractor pull, bingo, rides, and crafts.
The festival is perhaps most well known for its famous Ox Roast sandwiches, available on Monday, Labor Day.
Andrea McKinney can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1619 or via Twitter @AndeeWrites.
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