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Quincy Ox Roast a success despite inclement weather

September 03, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Paul Gerstenlauer Jr. of Greencastle, Pa., unloads sacks of potatoes for the Quincy (Pa.) Ox Roast on Monday. He was assistend by his 4-year-old son, Joshua.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

QUINCY, Pa. — Inclement weather took a toll on some parts of the 78th annual Quincy Ox Roast weekend, but organizers said the overall outcome for the four-day event was positive.

Poor weather affected turnout Saturday, but Sunday proved to be much better, cook Donny Gossert said.

“I never heard a complaint,” he said Monday.

Sizable crowds Sunday and Monday kept workers busy, making up for the bad weather Saturday, said his wife, Molly Gossert.

“Over the years, we’ve learned to cope with (bad weather) and keep on smiling,” she said.

Saturday’s band, The Rock & Roll Relics, moved inside the community center, where guests danced to the music, Molly Gossert said.

Waynesboro, Pa., residents Vernon and Vonnie Ashway said they typically stop by the ox roast on its final day, Labor Day. They ate the family-style dinner that offered roast beef, potatoes, filling and other side items.

The food and conversations are quite good, the Ashways said.

“I’ve come to see people I’ve known for a long time,” Vernon Ashway said.

“It’s the only time you see some of them,” Vonnie Ashway said.

Donny Gossert praised the volunteers helping him prepare more than 2,200 pounds of beef for the festival.

“I don’t even call my fellows to help me,” he said. “They just come.”

Ralph and Jean DeWalt of Orrstown, Pa., had ox burgers and fries while enjoying live music Monday.

“I think it’s a nice little outing,” Jean DeWalt said.

Monday also featured a community yard sale, craft vendors, pony rides and five-cent bingo.

Dylan Gress, 12, joined other members of Quincy Boy Scout Troop 86 in aiding people parking vehicles.

The ox roast financially supports the Boy Scouts, so they help at the event, according to Dylan’s grandfather, Joe Baker, of Quincy Township.

The ox roast also supports the community’s streetlights, as well as facilities used by the Boy Scouts, youth football players and girls softball.

Molly Gossert described tradition as the secret to the event’s success.

“This is what we’ve done for 78 years. ... I called many, many people to help this year and did not have refusals,” she said.

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