QUINCY, Pa. — Overcast skies and a light sprinkle didn't keep people away from the Quincy Ox Roast as it wrapped up Monday, highlighted by a family-style ox roast dinner.
A long line began to form around the dining room on the Quincy Community Ox Roast Association's grounds by 11:30 a.m., a half-hour before patrons were allowed in for the all-you-can-eat noontime feast.
"I think we're known for our food," said Molly Gossert, one of the event's directors, who began cooking for the big meal around 6 a.m. "It's really a kind of homecoming for the area."
While hundreds chose to eat together under one roof, others picked up food at the numerous food stands scattered around the grounds.
Ron and Darlene Cordell, of Chambersburg, Pa., had just picked up an ox burger and a hot roast-beef sandwich. They planned to finish off their lunch with some ice cream.
The couple has been coming to the annual event for about the past decade, Darlene Cordell said.
"It's something to do, and we see a lot of people we don't get to see too often," she said.
Now in its 77th year, the four-day festival included nightly entertainment, two car shows, events for kids and all the food that goes with it for the people of the Quincy and surrounding areas.
The event's purpose since its inception has been to raise money to pay the street lighting bill for Quincy, a community just north of Waynesboro along Pa. 997.
"We do not own the street lights, however, we pay the street light bill," said Gossert, a lifelong Quincy resident and 60-year volunteer at the event. "That's quite a sizeable bill now if you know what your electric costs at home."
As a whole, the association is very community-oriented, Gossert said. It provides playing fields for about 10 teams of the Waynesboro Area Girls Softball league, as well for the Quincy Panthers and Waynesboro Stallions midget football teams. A Boy Scout troop and a Cub Scout pack are also sponsored by the association.
"We're always very receptive to the needs of the community, whether it be a private family or the Salvation Army," Gossert said.
Gossert said they had 2,200 pounds of beef to cook throughout the four days, and they prepared 1,600 pounds in the final two days alone.
Rainy weather may have kept the turnout a little lower on the final day, but Gossert was still pleased with this year's event.
"We've had three good days," Gossert said. "It could have rained every day, but it didn't, so we'll be all right. And we were finished with most things (Sunday) night before that storm hit — (There were) lots of people, lots of participation in different events. They've seemed to enjoy all the bands. Everyone seemed to be having a good time."