Perfect weather helped boost revenue from this year's Ox Roast.
"By the time we got to about 5 or 6 p.m. Saturday (the last day of the festival), we were at the same level of revenue as last year, so everything collected after that was additional receipts," said Chris Jagers, Bobcat Booster vice president and "head ox" of this year's festival.
"We couldn't have asked for better weather all weekend," he said. "It was perfect."
For the second year, the Boosters sold beer at the festival and that helped increase revenue on Thursday and Friday nights, Jagers said.
"We had a really strong night both Thursday and Friday," he said. "Beer sales were brisk both of those nights."
Attendance dipped a bit Saturday night. Organizers said they believed many people stayed home to watch the Oklahoma vs. Ohio State football game.
The Boosters had TVs showing the game, which helped keep attendance from dropping too drastically, Jagers said.
Bulk beef sales were continuing Sunday, he said.
The Boosters cooked 1,800 pounds of beef early Saturday morning after tending the fire that was lighted following Friday night's home football game.
"We had a big turnout for the pit-lighting ceremony after everyone came down from the alumni night game," Jagers said. "We tended the fire all night. It's a big of a social gathering.
"This year was neat because we had the sons of former Boosters who came out to help watch over the fire," he said. "It's great to see the Boosters as a legacy in some families."
Caroline Kren lives in Cincinnati, but having grown up in Grandview, she said she wanted her children to enjoy the Ox Roast as she did.
Kren and her husband, Brian, have come from Cincinnati the last three years, bringing their children, Jonathan and Alex.
"The Ox Roast was always so much fun when I was a kid," Kren said. "The rides and games and, of course, the food. It's great to see the festival through my own kids' eyes now.
"It's such a family-oriented festival," Kren said. "It's just the perfect size. There's plenty of things for kids to do, but it's small so you feel comfortable letting them go off on their own."
Jonathan, 10, said he enjoyed going through the fun house and experiencing the Spider Jump, a bungee trampoline.
"I liked the metal rollers you had to walk over in the fun house. You have to try to walk over them without losing your balance," he said. "I didn't fall."
And the Spider Jump gave him the chance to try back flips.
"I'm pretty good at it," he said. "I play bowling and soccer so I'm pretty good on my feet."
Jeffrey Grant, a seventh-grader at Edison Intermediate/ Larson Middle School, was taking advantage of the special deal on rides Saturday afternoon. Youngsters could purchase a wristband for $15 that gave them unlimited rides all afternoon.
"That's what I like coming for -- the rides," he said. "The Ox Roast is a fun place to just hang with your friends."
His favorite ride was the Scat.
"You stand up against the wall of the ride and you get pressed to the wall when it starts spinning around," Jeffrey said. "You can't really move around. ... It's awesome."
The Edison/Larson volleyball team was offering a little less excitement with the toilet-paper toss game they were running in the game tent.
Various Grandview school teams and the high school classes operated games and booths in the tent as fundraisers.
In the toilet-paper toss, $1 bought five chances to throw toilet paper rolls covered in duct tape through one of six toilet bowl seats.
"The more rolls you put through the hole, the better prize you get to pick," said Olivia Schweinhagen, an eighth-grade volleyball player.
She said she remembers playing the same game at the Ox Roast when she was younger.
"We get a lot of little kids who play our game," Olivia said.
"It's harder than you think it is, but not too hard. Most people get at least one roll in."
"It's fun to see the smaller kids get so excited when they get a roll through the hole," said Anna Bullock, an eighth-grade volleyball player. "It makes you smile."
The team plans to use the proceeds from its game to help pay for team equipment, including volleyball net extensions, she said.