West Jefferson Ox Roast

West Jefferson, OH 43162


The West Jefferson Community Association began in the late 1940's as the West Jefferson Businessmen's Association.  Later the name was changed to the West Jefferson Businessmen's and Community Association and then again to the West Jefferson Community Association.  The first Ox Roast began in 1951 with the giving away of free beef Sandwiches.  The West Jefferson Community Association sponsors the Annual Ox Roast each Labor Day Weekend .  The official opening begins on Saturday with a parade beginning at 12:00 noon on the west end of West Jefferson and proceeding through downtown to the Ox Roast Grounds.  The famous Ox Roast Sandwiches are sold on Monday, Labor Day beginning at 12:00.  The annual festival includes rides, a queens contest, entertainment, craft tent, kiddie tractor pull, watermelon eating contest, and a large variety of food. The West Jefferson Community Association owns the property where the Ox Roast is held which includes 2 softball fields and parking areas.  There are 3 buildings on these grounds.  In an agreement with Jefferson Local Schools, which owns the land Garrette Park is on, the Association and schools share all the land.  The Park contains a shelter house, storage buildings and a playground.

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