The Grandview Heights Bobcat Boosters' annual Ox Roast will be held Sept. 8-10 at Pierce Field.

The Grandview Heights Bobcat Boosters' annual Ox Roast will be held Sept. 8-10 at Pierce Field.

The festival hours will be 5 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 8, 4:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 9, and noon to midnight Sept. 10.

This year's event is returning to the usual dates of the weekend after Labor Day. In recent years, the festival has been delayed a week due to conflicts with major Ohio State football games.

"We try to avoid marquee OSU football match-ups," said Rick Van Deusen, Boosters vice president and this year's "head ox."

"We learned this back when (OSU) played Texas at night and the place was a ghost town even though we promoted watching the big game on a big-screen TV" that was set up at Pierce Field, Van Deusen said.

Festival food favorites including chicken, burgers, brats, hot dogs, fish, fries and onion rings will be served throughout the weekend, he said. There will also be an assortment of sweets, including pies, cakes, funnel cakes and ice cream.

The final day of the festival will feature 2,000 pounds of beef prepared for the Boosters by Ohio State.

"We cook the meat overnight in the pit and a few Boosters stay up all night tending to the fire," Van Deusen said. "We show up at 4:30 a.m. Saturday morning with wheel barrows and shovels to put the sand in the pit and load up the meat."

The traditional lighting of the pit will be held after the Grandview Heights High School football team's home game against Whitehall-Yearling.

"The GHHS band and cheerleaders all march down after the game to start the lighting of the pit tradition, which I think is one of the best in high school sports," Van Deusen said.

The pit will be lighted by team captains Oliver Rouch, Jason Franks, Joe Anderson and Will Heydinger.

The festival will have a variety of kids' games during the weekend as well as a number of rides.

Some of the larger rides will include Power Tramp and Paratrooper and possibly a fun house.

"We will have the pitching speed gun again this year, since it was a popular new attraction last year," Van Deusen said.

The poker tent will be set up again and feature Texas Hold 'Em and stud poker.

A Texas Hold 'Em tournament will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 10. The tournament has a $50 buy-in.

A full lineup of entertainment will be offered each day.

"The Ox Roast entertainment is again mostly all local musicians who get together to play music in their basements, garages, front porches and backyards," Van Deusen said.

This may be the last year of the Ox Roast with the current set-up at Pierce Field, he said.

The city is planning renovations at the park which would include a new multipurpose building (including kitchen) and new site for the Boosters' pit."This year the city is adding a gate behind the stage that will help greatly with loading and unloading musical acts as well as minimizing abuse to the field and increasing safety," Van Deusen said.

The Ox Roast is the Boosters' biggest fundraiser of the year, along with the mulch sale and annual door-to-door donation drive, he said.

The Boosters generally raise about $20,000 from the Ox Roast, Van Deusen said.

"(We) support the youth of Grandview Heights in all type of school-related extracurricular activities and scholarships," he said.

Volunteers are needed to perform such tasks as kitchen duty, staffing games, selling food items and raffle tickets, Van Deusen said.

Anyone interested in volunteering can simply contact any Booster member, he said.