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Four-day Quincy Ox Roast bound by tradition, families

August 27, 2013|By BILL KOHLER | billk@herald-mail.com
  • Molly Gossert, Donny Gossert and Bill Geesaman, from left, board members of the Quincy Community Ox Roast Association, have been volunteering at the Quincy Ox Roast for decades. Molly Gossert and Geesaman, who are siblings, have helped in some form since they were kids.
Photo by Bill Kohler

QUINCY, Pa. — There’s a long-standing joke in the Gossert family:

“If you marry into our family, you marry into the ox roast, too.”

Molly Gossert of Quincy has helped at the Quincy Ox Roast since she was a child when the event was held in Benedict’s Woods behind the current Twin Kiss restaurant at the intersection of Pa. 997 and Manheim Road.

She married her husband, Donny, in the early 1960s and they have been fixtures at the Ox Roast ever since. On Tuesday, they and Molly’s brother, Bill Geesaman, were hard at work getting ready for the 79th annual Quincy Ox Roast.

The four-day event opens Friday night at 5 p.m. at the Ox Roast Association grounds off Pa. 997 north of Waynesboro, Pa.

The Ox Roast has been a Labor Day weekend tradition for many families for generations, whether through participating or volunteering, Molly Gossert said.

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The event raises money for the Quincy Community Ox Roast Association to pay the bill for Quincy’s 60 to 70 street lights, and other activities.

Molly Gossert said the Ox Roast is a traditional event in  that its main focus (food and music, lots of volunteers) and goal (paying the light bill) haven’t changed, but the association has added things over the years such as an all-Ford car show on Sunday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and a community yard sale on Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

She said 50 vendors are lined up for the yard sale.

There is no cost for admission or parking.

Donny Gossert said about 2,200 pounds of beef will be prepared by the end of the event. 

Event highlights include:

Friday

  • 5 p.m. — Kitchen opens for soup and sandwiches
  • 7 p.m. — 5-cent bingo
  • All night — Antique tractor show and kids activities
  • 7 and 9 p.m. — Big Cam & the Lifters

Saturday

  • 4 p.m. — Kitchen opens for soup and sandwiches
  • 4 to 7:30 p.m. — 23rd annual Cruzzz Night
  • 6 p.m. — 5-cent bingo
  • 7 and 9 p.m. — The Rock & Roll Relics

Sunday

  • 11 a.m. — Kitchen opens for soup and sandwiches
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — All-Ford car show
  • 12:30 to 4 p.m. — Quincy Panthers and Waynesboro Stallions youth football games
  • 1 to 4 p.m. — Don and the Starlighters
  • 5 p.m. — Magic show and peanut scramble for kids
  • 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. — Twin Hill Express

Monday

  • 7:30 a.m. — Kitchen opens for breakfast
  • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Community yard sale
  • 11 a.m. — Kitchen opens for soup and sandwiches
  • Noon to 3 p.m. — Family-style ox roast dinner
  • Noon to 2 p.m. — Take Two, Russ & Donna
  • 3 to 6 p.m. — Key Largo
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