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Quincy Ox Roast draws a crowd

September 03, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Not only did visitors to the 77th annual Quincy Ox Roast dine on mouth watering food on Saturday, but they also a chance see some one of a kind cars at CRUZZZ NIGHT. The Quincy Ox Roast continues through Monday off Pa. 997.
By Roxann Miller

QUINCY, Pa. — For the past four years, Jim and Louise Welker's Labor Day getaway has been to the Quincy Ox Roast off Pa. 997 outside of Waynesboro, Pa..

The Williamstown, Pa., couple said they initially came to the Quincy Ox Roast to see David King, the Elvis Presley impersonator, who has performed at the ox roast, but kept coming back for another reason.

"The people of Quincy are about the nicest people you are going to meet anywhere," Jim Welker said.

Several hours before Saturday's entertainment took to the stage, the Welkers claimed their spots near the stage.

"We like old rock and roll music," Louise Welker said.

After listening to rock and rollers "Big Cam & The Lifters," and eating some mouth-watering food, the Welkers planned to stay over at a hotel in Scotland, Pa.

The annual Quincy Ox Roast, sponsored by the Quincy Community Ox Roast Association Inc., has been held every Labor Day weekend since 1934.

"It's tradition. We've been doing this for 77 years," said Molly Gossert, long-time volunteer and association board member. "We believe we're the oldest ox roast around. People come back year after year because of tradition."

Association board member Bill Geesaman said thousands visit the four-day event featuring ox burgers, entertainment, games, bingo, a cake walk, pony rides, face painting and more.

For the past 10 years, Glen Fishack of Greensburg, Md., hasn't missed a chance to show off his 1968 Ford Galaxie XL Fastback at the Ox Roast's annual Cruzzz Night.

Now in its 21st year, the car show features all years, makes and models of cars.

"I don't get it out very often, and it's a chance to show off my car and spend time with my friends," Fishack said.

He bought the car new for $3,400. Fishack said he wouldn't part with his prized possession for anything.

"I'm going to give it to one of my grandsons (one day)," Fishack said.

The Quincy Ox Roast continues through Monday. Admission to the ox roast is free.

Today is an all-Ford car show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Quincy Panthers and Waynesboro Stallions clash in midget football from 12:30 to 4 p.m., the Incredible Driftin' Whistle Pigs play from 1 to 4 p.m. and Twin Hill Express play at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Monday is the big community yard sale and crafts with more than 100 vendors. It runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Breakfast will be sold from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Take Two, Russ & Donna will perform from noon to 2 p.m. and The Boro Boogie Pickers will perform from 4 to 7 p.m.

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