Where is the Ox Roast Fair located?
grounds of the Parish Community of St. Joseph can be found in northern
Portage County off Pioneer Trail, 1/4 mile west of S.R. 44, that's
south of S.R. 82, just north of Mantua Village. Mantua
is located on S.R. 44, 10 miles north of Ravenna, 20 miles northeast
of Akron, and 27 miles southeast of Cleveland, Ohio. Look for the
parish sign at St. Joseph Blvd. approximately 1/4 mi. west of S.R.
44, south of S.R. 82, just north of Mantua Village
(accessible from U.S. Rt. 422 just 7 miles north or Ohio Turnpike
Exit 193 just 2 miles south). If using a street map program, use
the rectory address, 4534 Pioneer Trail, Mantua, Ohio 44255 (St.
Joseph Blvd. is not a dedicated road but there is a road sign and
a beautiful, lighted church sign!). Click
here for a map or go to MapQuest.
Is it really Ox?!
famous Ox Roast beef has always been a part of the Fair & the
question is always asked. Actually, sirloin roasts are specially
prepared to result in that delicious, slow-cooked Ox Roast beef
sandwich or dinner that melts in your mouth. For more details, check
out the Ox & More page or go to St. Joseph's Ox Roast Fair Facebook page to see a step-by-step photo album.
Where is Hughes Hall?
Parish Hall is located in the school facility. During the fair weekend,
you must enter through the east side doors (that's between the large
white Karoake Tent & the Soft Serve Booth). You'll find air-conditioned
comfort as you enjoy our delicious Ox Roast
Dinners or take a chance at our Indoor Casino.
How much is admission?
is free! The only cost is the $3.00 per vehicle parking fee as you
enter the parking areas located right on the grounds of St. Joseph's.
You'll enjoy live entertainment, truck & tractor pulls, trade
booths, games & events at this wonderful community event. Purchase
food, add a few rides & games for
the kids (and the kids at heart!), and you've got the makings for
a marvelous weekend for the whole family! Would you like to save
a buck & help out those less fortunate? Click
here & find out how.
Is the Ox Roast Fair always held in July?
you can just about count on St. Joseph's Ox Roast Fair usually being
held the third full weekend in July most years (just find the third
Friday of July & that's the kickoff date!).
Where can I get an Ox Roast
Ox Roast Fair T-shirts are available
at the Fair for just $12 each for adults sizes & $7 each for
kids sizes. Click here for details on this year's
design. Classic T-shirts from past years are also available
at reduced rates in limited sizes.
OX ROAST FAIR HATS with a patriotic theme are available this year,
too! Caps feature stripes and embroidered stars & Ox logo and
sell for $10 each. Visors are available in red or blue with that
famous Ox logo embroidered on the front and sell for $7 each.
Where can I purchase an Ox Roast Fair raffle ticket?
Tickets for the Ox Roast Fair's Raffle are available through all
St. Joseph parishioners, the Parish Office (beginning early Spring),
and at the Raffle Ticket Booth during fair hours. Check
out all the details.
Can I have a food booth or group come to
the Ox Roast?
It pretty amazing but the
majority of the Fair is run by volunteers!!!
for the carnival rides & games, part of the tractor/truck pull
events, and security, ALL booths & events are operated by St.
Joseph VOLUNTEER families & friends. All profits go directly
to the parish, school, and it's organizations. A great community
However, we do rent space to local businesses & organizations
to get their message out. Just click
here for Trade Booth information.
Does St. Joseph also host the Mantua Potato
the two are not related except that they both take place in Mantua.
The idea may come from the fact that many St. Joseph parishioners
are or were involved with Mantua's Potato Festival.
F.Y.I. - The Mantua Potato
Festival is held the weekend after Labor Day in Mantua's Buchert
Park on East High St. The Potato Festival features many food items
made from potatoes: candy, doughnuts, pierogies, pancakes, bread,
cookies and more. There is something for everyone: kid's games,
rides, live entertainment on two stages, craft tent, antique tractors,
15k Potato Stomp, potato bake-off, raffle, presentation of visiting
queens and crowning of our queen on Sunday. Parade is Sunday @ 2
p.m. Roads close for parade at 1:45 p.m. HOURS: Friday-6-11 p.m.;
Saturday-11 a.m.-Midnight; Sunday-Noon-7 p.m. For more information,
please call 330.274.0770.
Do I have to pay the parking fee when I
come to Mass?
course not! Parishioners & visitors are most welcome to come
to St. Joseph's weekend Masses without paying to park. Our Mass
times are the same as other summer weekends (between Memorial Day
& Labor Day) - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.
on Sunday. By the way, our pastor usually stays up to celebrate
a midnight Mass on Saturday for fair workers, parishioners &
visitors who wish to attend.
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