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Edible fare at Quincy Ox Roast fuels yard salers

September 02, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Jacob Wood, 6, of Fayetteville, Pa., checks out toy cars at the Quincy (Pa.) Ox Roast's community yard sale Monday.
By Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

QUINCY, Pa. — Eileen Rook was on the hunt for a good bargain Monday afternoon, but she chose to pass on one unique item offered for sale — a soap dispenser shaped and painted like a toucan.

Rook of Quincy did order scarves during the community yard sale offered as part of the Quincy Ox Roast.

A few antiques, including a comb case, caught her eye.

“It think it’s a good time. There are a lot of people and different things,” said Rook, who has shopped at the yard sale for several years.

The Quincy Ox Roast has been held every Labor Day weekend since 1934.

About 2,200 pounds of beef were prepared for crowds that flocked to the site on Pa. 997 north of Waynesboro, Pa., from Friday through Monday.

Proceeds from the ox roast benefit several charitable causes, including maintenance of the community streetlights.

Coupled with the sale and consumption of meat were musical performances, a car show, bingo, pony rides and children’s activities.

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Laura Green of Waynesboro set up a table at the yard sale for the first time. She mostly sold shoes and clothes.

“My kids spent more money than I made,” she said with a laugh.

Still, Green said she will probably be back to sell in the future.

“It’s worth it,” she said. “Hundreds of people come through.”

Sinda Wagaman of Waynesboro purchased a necklace and cup before stopping by the band shell to listen to music. She later returned to the yard sale area, where she spotted a free box that included two porcelain dolls.

“I just came up and got these,” she said.

Vikki Gigante of Frederick, Md., found a ladder-back chair for her kitchen, while her daughter-in-law, Tracy Gigante, picked up a snow globe.

“You always find cute Christmas stuff here,” Tracy Gigante said.

Items displayed in boxes and on folding tables included a paintball set, Tupperware, hats, clothing, trophies, games, an artificial tree, baseballs, watches, photo albums and a 2013 calendar.

The Gigantes fueled their shopping trip with ice cream and other food available for purchase.

Vikki Gigante described the ox roast and its yard sale as a Labor Day tradition for her.

“If you want to find something, it’s here,” she said of the yard sale.

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