Tri-Village News

Residents rally around Ox Roast

Organizers say good weather brought out a hungry crowd


Ongoing construction at Pierce Field and a late afternoon Ohio State University football game had little or no effect on the Grandview Heights Bobcat Boosters' Ox Roast last weekend.

"Thursday and Friday night were really busy and Saturday, things slowed down a bit for the 3:30 (p.m.) OSU game," said Craig Berlin, Boosters vice president and "head ox" of this year's festival.

"But we had spectacular weather, and as long as you have good weather, people are going to come out to the Ox Roast," he said.

While the final tally is not yet available, proceeds from this year's Ox Roast should be about equal to last year's take, Berlin said.

The Boosters use proceeds from the Ox Roast and other fundraisers to support a variety of youth- and school-related activities and scholarships.

Despite having less space than usual due to the Pierce Field improvement project, "we were able to fit everything in this year," Berlin said. "There wasn't any activity we couldn't offer because of a lack of space."

The Boosters appreciated the cooperation from the city and the project contractors in helping to plan for the festival, he said.

A new pit was used to prepare the 2,000 pounds of beef the Boosters sold on Saturday.

Overall, the pit worked well, although a few small problems will need to be worked out, Berlin said.

"We had no problems cooking the beef, there were just a few minor things like some of the bricks breaking off," he said.

About 100 pounds of beef remained unsold by the end of the day Saturday, Berlin said, but that was mostly because the packs of beef the Boosters received this year totaled a bit more than the 2,000 pounds that were ordered.

"If we had the same amount of beef as last year, we would have sold out," he said.

He said some of the leftover beef was given to the football players who helped take down the festival site.

Next year, the Pierce Field project will be completed and the Boosters will be using the kitchen in the new multi-purpose building that will be constructed later this year. The old kitchen building will soon be demolished.

"It will be nice to have Pierce Field back to normal next year," Berlin said. "We hope we can have the same weather."