Annual Ox Roast set to bring flavor

Many area residents are rolling up their sleeves and preparing to enjoy some good food for a great cause this week.

The annual Camp Pioneer Ox Roast benefit will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Camp Pioneer. More than 1,200 pounds of choice rounds of beef will be placed in the wood-heated deep pit on tonight to slow cook until it is sliced just prior to serving.

The Ox Roast is an annual benefit fundraiser for Camp Pioneer that serves as an annual homecoming for 4-H members, 4-H parents, 4-H leaders, West Virginia Community Educational Outreach members and supporters who helped build and still contribute to Camp Pioneer, according to information from event organizers.

The event is sponsored by the Randolph County Parks and Recreation Board, which governs Camp Pioneer. Volunteers throughout the county donate their time to assist with this event, and proceeds from the Ox Roast will go to support Camp Pioneer, Randolph County’s 4-H Camp.

Thursday’s meal will consist of deep-pit roast beef sandwiches, coleslaw, baked beans, desserts and drinks. There also will be a “drive-thru” service for people who cannot stay for the entire event (drinks are not included with “drive-thru” service). Tickets are available for just $10 for the two-sandwich meal; a one-sandwich meal costs $8; and a sandwich only will sell for $7.

Tickets for the annual Camp Pioneer Ox Roast benefit are on sale at the following locations: WVU Extension Service at 32 Randolph Ave., Suite 102 Elkins; Southern States in Elkins; Campbell’s Market in Beverly; and the Senior Center in Elkins.

The Ox Roast began in 1963 in conjunction with the Mountain State’s Centennial Celebration and has been a tradition ever since. This is the 51st year for the event.

People attending the Ox Roast are advised to enter through the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church parking lot on Mt. Vernon Road. Handicapped parking will be available near the main entrance of Camp Pioneer in designated areas. No vehicles will be permitted to park near the dining hall area due to the “drive-thru” food service.

For more information on the Ox Roast or any of the 4-H activities at Camp Pioneer, go online and visit

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