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Quincy Ox Roast raises money for community

September 02, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

QUINCY, Pa. -- The Quincy Ox Roast started as a way to bring street lights to town, but 75 years later, the Labor Day weekend event has grown so large that it can do much more charitable work.

Proceeds from this year's four-day event will benefit the 70 streetlights' utility bills, Scouts, youth sports teams and playing fields. The Quincy Ox Roast Association also makes donations to families in dire straits and other fundraisers.

"We're very open to community needs," board member Molly Gossert said.

Her husband, Donald, serves as head cook for the event held off Pa. 997 north of Waynesboro, Pa. He'll start roasting the first 300 pounds of beef at 5 a.m. Friday.

The Gosserts expect volunteers will cook and serve 2,600 pounds of beef by Monday evening.

Preparation has gotten easier in recent years when the cooks switched to gas-powered equipment rather than wood, Molly Gossert said. The fire needed to be watched at all times, even overnight, she said.


"It's several hundred volunteers to pull this all together. ... Some of them still feel they have to stay and keep an eye on the whole process," Molly Gossert said.

The ox roast's culmination is a family-style dinner that starts at noon Monday and ends at 5 p.m., or earlier if food runs out. Sunday's big feature is beef corn soup, served starting at 11 a.m.

"A lot of people will come with cookpots and say, 'I want a gallon or six quarts,'" Molly Gossert said, noting that one man comes from the Baltimore area and freezes the soup.

Broth from the roasted and steamed meat is used for soup, gravy and potatoes. Sandwiches are made both from sliced beef and ground beef, the latter of which is called an ox burger.

Event organizers are excited that David King is returning to the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday. King, an Elvis tribute artist, will perform rock 'n' roll songs.

Also on tap are bingo, a Ford car show, Big Cam and The Lifters on Saturday, Key Largo and Twin Hill Express on Sunday, a community yard sale Monday morning, and the Bumbaugh family on Monday from 3 to 5 p.m.

The kitchen opens at 5 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday.

If you go ...

What: 75th Quincy Ox Roast

Where: Quincy Ox Roast grounds off Pa. 997 north of Waynesboro, Pa.

When: The kitchen opens Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m., Sunday at 11 a.m. and Monday at 8 a.m.

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