Summer Ox Roast at Camp Pioneer in Beverly, WV
A Classic Community Tradition Since 1963
– Hosted by the Randolph County Park and Recreation Board –
Each summer in Mid-July the Randolph County Park and Recreation Board hosts an Ox Roast at Camp Pioneer. We invite everyone to participate in this classic (and delicious) community tradition. The first Randolph County Camp Pioneer Ox Roast was held in 1963 in conjunction with the West Virginia Centennial celebrations. The Ox Roast is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to spend a few hours or the entire day enjoying Camp Pioneer, along with a tasty slow-roasted beef meal complete with sides and dessert.
From Humble Hand-dug Pit to Modern Concrete Firebrick Pit
The Camp Pioneer Ox Roast tradition grew from humble beginnings. Originally, a hand-dug pit – three feet wide, five feet long, and three feet deep (3’x5’x3’) – was constructed for the ox roast two days before the event. In 1987, after 24 years of hosting the roast in a hand-dug pit, volunteers were determined to improve the facilities to host the event and built a firebrick-lined concrete pit. A crew led by Jim Roth dug the permanent pit and laid the firebrick. Frank Santymyer’s concrete crew poured the new pit. Young men from the Governor’s Summer Youth Program backfilled and landscaped around the new pit. Today, as it was back in 1963, the fire is still built the evening before the event and monitored all night by a dedicated crew of volunteers.
Choice Rounds of Beef Seasoned & Cooked to Perfection
Early in the evening on the day before the event, a fire is started using only dry hardwood. Over the course of the evening, two feet of hot coals accumulates and is covered with one inch of sand. Choice rounds of beef seasoned with special spices are wrapped in foil, then in muslin, and placed in the pit. The pit is then sealed with sawdust. Over the course of 12-15 hours, a temperature of 160° F is reached. The meat is then cooked at 160° F for approximately three hours. Volunteers monitor the cooking temperature of the pit all night. On the afternoon of the event, the meat is removed from the pit and sliced just moments before serving. It takes several volunteers many hours of work to successfully host the ox roast.
Where to Buy Ox Roast Meal Tickets
Revenues from the Ox Roast fundraiser are used for improvements at Camp Pioneer. Tickets may be purchased in advance at many local businesses or at the Randolph County Extension Office. You may also purchase your tickets on-site the day of the event for dine-in or drive-through dinners. All meals are freshly prepared with care at Camp Pioneer.
Ox Roast Meal Menu Choices
Ox Roast tickets:
Two sandwich meal – $12
One sandwich meal – $8
Includes: roast beef sandwich, baked beans, coleslaw, and dessert.
A drink is included if dining in.
Bulk Roast Beef on sale for $10.00/lb. (upon availability after 5:00pm)