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Catch tail end of Quincy Ox Roast

September 01, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

QUINCY, PA. -- The 350 volunteers working at the Quincy Ox Roast this holiday weekend served 941 sandwiches Friday night and 2,571 on Saturday, but they suspect the largest sales of food in a single day might be yet to come.

The family-style ox roast dinner starts at noon today and will continue until 5 p.m. or when food runs out, whichever comes first.

"It's the last fling of the summer," said Larry Forsythe, treasurer of the Quincy Ox Roast Association's board of directors.

Today's festivities also include 100 stands in a community yard sale, coupled with craft vendors.

"People come out to support the organization and meet people they haven't seen since last year," Forsythe said.

According to Forsythe, proceeds from the four days of events at the Quincy Ox Roast Grounds off Pa. 997 benefit several causes. Among them are streetlights for the Quincy community, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, a softball team, and maintenance for the football and softball fields on the ox roast grounds.

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The football field teemed with activity on Sunday afternoon as youth football players and cheerleaders drew crowds of supporters. Several parents helped with food service the day before, event organizers said.

Donny and Molly Gossert, of Quincy, ordered supplies for the 74th annual Quincy Ox Roast and purchased 2,800 pounds of ground beef. On Sunday, they served up beef corn soup to many customers, some of whom brought their own pots for it.

"It's very popular. We have a man who come from the Baltimore area," Molly Gossert said.

He buys 50 gallons of soup every year or two, then freezes it, the couple said.

Originally, the ox roast provided meat by roasting the animal on a spit.

"Now it's basically huge chunks of top-quality beef, and it's steamed," Molly Gossert said.

The meat remains in the steamer for five hours, Donny Gossert said.

The Gosserts said several generations of their family volunteer.

"This is just what we do on Labor Day weekend. We don't ever consider anything else," Molly Gossert said.

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What: 74th annual Quincy Ox Roast. Free parking and admission.

Where: Pa. 997 north of Waynesboro, Pa.

When: Ends today.

o 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., community yard sale and crafts

o Noon to 5 p.m., family-style ox roast dinner

o Five-cent bingo, 1 to 5 p.m. and starting again at 6 p.m.

o Whirly Bird Square Dancers, noon to 2 p.m.

o The Bumbaugh Family, 3 to 5 p.m.

o Cumberland Valley School of Music, starting at 6 p.m.

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