The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

July 14, 2013

Harpersfield 39th annual beef roast set

Star Beacon


The Harpersfield Township Volunteer Fire Department will host the 39th annual beef roast Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Harpersfield Township Community Center on Cork Cold Springs Road.

The event, much anticipated by the community and fire fighters alike, raises money to benefit the fire department and support the community center. This year part of the proceeds from the festival will support the renovation of the fire bays and quarters of the new Harpersfield Township administration building on Harpersfield Road

“We are ready to roast 4,800 pounds of beef over an open fire for the roast,” event organizer Julie Henry said.

The cooking crew will begin preparing the meal early Thursday morning, Henry said, and will work cooking and slicing the meat throughout the weekend.

The menu also includes French fries, onion rings, ice cream, pizza, popcorn, soft drinks, lemonade and soft drinks.

The festival is supported by the Harpersfield Fire Department Auxiliary, the Harpersfield Ruritans and community volunteers.

Admission and parking are free and the festival will feature live entertainment, games for children and adults, and the traditional fireworks show on Sunday night.

“Last year’s fireworks show was the best ever,” Henry said.

Entertainment begins at 5 p.m. Friday with DJ Dave Whitaker. The band Face Value will play rock, Blues and jazz at 8 p.m. The band includes local musicians Don Perry, Greg Pudder, Rich Branham and Pete LeMay.

The food booths open at noon on Saturday, with The Hoboes taking the stage to perform polka music at 6 p.m.

“The Hoboes have been a part of the beef roast since the very beginning,” Henry said.

Wylde Ryde will rock some country music at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The food booths open at noon on Sunday and Tom Todd will perform his “One Man Band” show from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Corky Godec Polka Band will perform at 6 p.m. and the fireworks start booming at 10 p.m.

“Our goal is to offer good food and entertainment suitable for the entire family,” Henry said.

Volunteers are still needed to serve food and man the game booths. To volunteer, call Fire Chief Everett Henry at 466-1604.