A long-time tradition will continue as the Sunbury Lions Club hosts its Labor Day ox roast and flea market, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, in the Sunbury Square near the corner of Columbus and Cherry streets.

A long-time tradition will continue as the Sunbury Lions Club hosts its Labor Day ox roast and flea market, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, in the Sunbury Square near the corner of Columbus and Cherry streets.

"It's a fun-filled family event - great food, social gathering on the square and a flea market. There's a lot to enjoy," said Lions Club member and spokesperson Clint Keener. "The Lions Club is grateful for the people who come to enjoy the event and help us raise funds for the things we do to help the community."

The event will include performances by the Big Walnut High School marching band at 10 a.m. and the Ohio Harmonica Association from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Admission is a $1 donation to benefit the Sunbury Lions Club.

The event draws attendees and flea market vendors from around Ohio, Keener said.

Typically, 9,000 people attend.

Club members prepare and pit cook about 1,000 pounds of beef, the club's website says.

"The cooked ox" is the most enjoyable part of the event, said club member Dan Shaw, who has attended the event since 1967, when he moved to the area.

The meat is cooked all night in a fire pit, Shaw said.

"You can't believe how tender it is and the flavor is out of this world," Shaw said.

Lions Club members will usually serve more than 4,000 ox roast sandwiches, 300 pounds of potato salad and cole slaw, 25 gallons of baked beans, 80 pies and soft drinks and water, Keener said.
The first ox roast started in Sunbury in 1944. The event occurs rain or shine every Labor Day. The flea market was added in 1965, the website says.

The Sunbury Lions Club supports a variety of organizations, including: Delaware Speech and Hearing, Big Walnut Friends Who Share, K-9 Companions, Radio Reading, Ohio News Reel, Camp Echoing Hills and Central Ohio Lions' Eye Bank, wrote Keener. The organization was chartered in 1938.

"The local Lions Club also supports local students by purchasing eyeglasses for some individual students, providing college scholarships, and providing financial support to local band, cheerleader and FFA activities," he said.

Admission to the event is a $ 1 donation to benefit the Sunbury Lions Club.