Rowlesburg Labor Day festivities begin Friday with parade

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ROWLESBURG — The Rowlesburg Park Commission is ready for the festivities at the Labor Day Ox-Roast Weekend beginning this Friday, and kicks off with the annual Firemen’s Parade that begins at 7 p.m.

The parade line-up begins at the Rowlesburg Volunteer Fire Department and runs through downtown before ending at the park.

“Line-up begins at 6 p.m.” Rowlesburg Park Committee member Sharon Sunderland said. “And our concession stand at the park will be open to serve hot dogs, hamburgers and french fries to those who come down.”

On Saturday, the park will open at noon to serve chicken dinners for $ 8 each, and the meal also includes french fries, baked beans, a dinner roll and drink.

“Roger Riggs prepares the chicken from an old family recipe and grills it at the park,” Sunderland said.

All meals are available for take-out.

Also on Saturday, the Szilagyi Center will hold its annual Labor Day dance featuring “The Classics.” The dance will be held in the auditorium and begins at 8 p.m. The dance is sponsored by the Rowlesburg Revitalization Committee and is open to the public. Ticket information can be obtained by contacting Katie Wolfe at (304) 454-9232.

“On Sunday, we will be serving chicken dinners again,” Sunderland said. “Everything will open at 1 p.m., and the dinners will be served until we are sold out.”

Monday is the busiest of the four-day event with the famous roast beef coming out of the fire pit after slow cooking all night long.

The roast beef dinners and sandwiches are served beginning at noon and go until sold out.

“Our dinners are $ 10 each and include green beans, mashed potatoes, cole slaw, dinner roll and a drink,” Sunderland said. “And the sandwiches are $ 8.

“This year, we are also having a dessert den,” Sunderland said. “These will be in a separate pavilion, and we will have cakes, pies and other baked goods.”

From 9 a.m. until noon is registration for the antique and classic car show.

“This is a very popular event,” Rowlesburg Park Committee member Paul Riggs said. “There is a $ 10 entry fee.”

Trophies for the car entries will be presented by 2 p.m.

Beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, there will be live music all day as “Touch of Country” kicks it off.

“Vandells will play oldies beginning at 1 p.m., followed by Marv Ashby at 4:30 p.m.” Sunderland said. “Then the 501 Band will begin to play at 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.”

In between, festival-goers can visit the vendors, get their faces painted and take pictures with cartoon characters beginning at 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

“We are also going to have horse and buggy rides beginning at 2 p.m.,” Sunderland said. “The cost of the rides is $ 2 for children and $ 3 for adults.”

Around 9 p.m., the annual fireworks display will bring an end the weekend of festivities.

“The Labor Day Weekend is our big fundraiser for the park,” Riggs said. “We would love to have everyone come out and enjoy.”

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