A lot of people have a beef with the Grandview Heights Bobcat Boosters.

The boosters prepare and sell about 1,800 pounds of beef during the group's annual Ox Roast.

The festival will take place Sept. 6-8 at Pierce Field, 1199 Hilo Lane. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 6, 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 7 and noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 8.

The beef is prepared and sold on the last day of the festival only. Booster members will stay overnight to tend the fire after the traditional pit-lighting ceremony late Sept. 7.

"The pit lighting's probably going to be a little later than usual this year because the football team's playing (against Bishop Rosecrans) in Zanesville," said Chris Everett, who is serving as "head ox" for this year's fest.

"Since they're going to be coming back from Zanesville, we may not have the usual procession to Pierce Field and may just have the football team, band and cheerleaders drive to the park," he said.

The ceremony, in which the football team's captains light the pit, always is a highlight of the festival, Everett said.

"I just think it encapsulates everything that's great about the Ox Roast," he said. "It's a true piece of Americana."

Visitors to the Ox Roast will be able to buy sandwiches throughout the day Sept. 8, and bulk sales will be available.

A variety of other food options will be offered throughout the festival, including burgers, hot dogs, brats, funnel cakes and ice cream, Everett said.

The Sept. 7 menu will feature a fish fry, he said.

For the third year, the Ox Roast will include beer sales in the evening Sept. 7 and 8.

The beer sales have provided a robust additional source of revenue for the boosters, Everett said.

"A couple of years ago we had a bad storm that washed out a good portion of our last night, but the beer sales really saved us," he said. "It's gone really well. We only allow beer in a designated area and we haven't had any incidents. People act responsibly."

Beer sales will be available after 5 p.m. on the last two days of the festival only.

Throughout the festival, games and carnival rides will be offered for youngsters.

Between noon and 5 p.m. Sept. 7, children can pay $15 for a wristband for unlimited rides all afternoon.

The children's games are run and operated by each high school class and several of the school's athletic teams.

"To me, that's one of the best things about the Ox Roast is having the older kids interacting with the younger students," Everett said. "It's part of what makes this such a great community event."

"Each team or class is able to use the proceeds from the game they run to support their activities during the school year," said Pete Nichols, who is serving as entertainment chairman for the Ox Roast.

The entertainment lineup for the Ox Roast emphasizes local talent, Nichols said.

"All of the performers are from central Ohio and several of the bands include Grandview residents," he said.

Grandview Heights High School alumna Amelia Rose will perform her own set at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 before taking the stage at 8 p.m. as a member of Blue Spectrum.

Blue Spectrum is led by guitarist Zayne Harshaw, who was diagnosed with autism as a child.

"When they started out, all the performers in Blue Spectrum were autistic or special-needs students, but they've added some other members over time," Nichols said. "Zayne is an amazing musician and Blue Spectrum was a big hit when they've played at the Ox Roast before."

Another returning favorite will be the League Bowlers, featuring Colin Gawel, a former member of Watershed, and Grandview resident Rick Kinsinger.

The League Bowlers will take the stage at 8 p.m. Sept. 7.

The Sept. 6 lineup will include the Rooks at 6 p.m. Sept. 7's performers will include Magnetone at 5 p.m. and Proper English at 6 p.m.

The entertainment Sept. 8 will start with some hometown perennials.

The Grandview Youth Football Association cheerleaders will perform at 3 p.m., the Grandview Bobettes at 3:30 p.m. and the Jolly Steppers at 5 p.m. Jack & Diane take the stage at 5:30 p.m.

The Ox Roast is a major fundraiser for the Boosters, Everett said.

"Our mission is to support programs and activities that benefit students in our community," he said.

The boosters supports sports teams at the high school and middle school, provided funds for the recent renovations to the baseball field at Grandview Heights High School and sponsors teams in the Grandview Baseball Softball Association.

"We're more than just athletic boosters," Everett said. "We support a number of extracurricular activities in the schools, like the FIRST Robotics team, and we have also donated to some of the capital-improvement projects in the schools, including the expansion of the health and wellness center in the high school."

The organization will mark its 100th anniversary in 2019.

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