If you think it takes a while to heat up the stove to cook dinner, try firing up an open pit to cook at least three large oxen! That's the job the Wood County 4H organization has for Saturday's Ox Roast at the Butcher Bend campgrounds.
"They have to get the coals built up so the fire gets hot enough to cook the meat," said 4H trustee Don Fleming. "They'll be here all night getting the meat ready and in the pit."
"If it starts getting too hot, we slide the lid back and let a little air out of the pit," said 4H Leader Burl Utt. "We don't want it getting too hot, so we monitor it with an electronic temperature gauge."
While it lasts only four hours, the ox roast will bring in thousands of people, enough to fill this refurbished dining hall.
And it's busy inside the kitchen, with volunteers preparing the side dishes for the $8.00 a plate dinners.
" We will be busy until probably around 10 o'clock (Friday) evening, and we'll take it out around noon (Saturday)," said volunteer Cheryl Smith.
The Ox Roast begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, and runs until 8 p.m.
It's a fund-raiser for the Butcher Bend campgrounds' programs and facilities.