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53rd Annual ~ July 15, 16 & 17, 2016!
St. Joseph's most visible and locally famous fund raising event is the Annual Ox Roast Fair, which is held the third full weekend in July. Started in 1964 by Fr. John Wirtz (Associate Pastor under Fr. Hughes) to help pay for the new school, the Ox Roast Fair now directly supports the educational and sacramental ministries of St. Joseph Parish. This event utilizes the energy and talents of literally hundreds of parishioners and friends from the Mantua area.
Except for the carnival rides & games, part of the tractor pull events, and security, the booths & events are operated by St. Joseph volunteer families & friends. Along with the pastor, the Ox Roast Fair Core Group is the primary planning & steering committee which coordinates the efforts of the Ox Roast Fair & guides the overall direction of the Fair.
Of course, that famous Ox Roast beef has always been a part of the Ox Roast Fair. Thirty-five hundred pounds of sirloin roasts are prepared in brick-lined pits which are heated several days before the fair with a constantly burning fire. The beef is prepared, wrapped in unbleached muslin & netting, and placed in the fiery coals, covered over, and cooked for several hours until done to perfection. The result is a delicious, slow-cooked beef sandwich or dinner that melts in your mouth!
Come out & enjoy this wonderful community event !!!
Did you know? . . . St. Joseph's Ox Roast Fair was been nominated for the 2015 Celebrate Portage! community awards! Individuals, high schools, public health, cultural events, and economic development projects in the areas of Best Economic Development, Most Engaging High School, Best Community Service Project, Biggest Community Hero, Best Health Initiative and Best Art/Culture Event. The Ox Roast Fair has been nominated for the “Community Celebration” Cultural Arts Initiative Award which recognizes a program or initiatives of arts and cultural awareness that helps to reveal and enhance the underlying identity --the unique meaning, value, and character — of a community in Portage County. This would include but not limited to art festivals, shows, presentations, etc. The awards were given at a celebration dinner on September 11 at NEOMED in Rootstown. Unfortunately the Ox Roast did not win but we are honored to have been nominated and congratulate the winners. Visit the website of Celebrate Portage! or check out their Facebook page to learn more about the mission of Celebrate Portage! to educate and invigorate the vision for a vibrant and exciting Portage County.