The Lewis fire department will be holding its annual ox roast at the firehouse on Aug. 28 from noon to 5 p.m.
Sandy Denton, a 22-year veteran of the department, who currently serves as secretary treasurer, is helping organize the event which is a tradition.
“We’ve done it forever, so a lot of community members expect it,” Denton said, adding the barbecue has been held for nearly half a century. “They look forward to it every year.”
Each year, organizers serve about 300 people, Denton said, making an average of $1,500 for the department.
Peter Evans, the chief of the organization, said he wasn’t sure where the money would go to, though some might be set aside for a scholarship at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School.
“It’s just for stuff that’s needed for the department,” Evans said.
Attendees come from as far away as Ticonderoga, Port Henry and Moriah.
“You normally get an older crowd,” Denton said. “I think it’s just because they’ve gone to it for so many years.”
Mashed potatoes, roast beef, corn on the cob, chowder, relish, coleslaw, rolls and desserts are on the menu.
Organizers start cooking early the morning of the event, at around 5:30 a.m., on an open pit.
Takeouts are available from noon to 1 p.m. Serving lasts from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The cost for adults will be $9. For children under age 12 the cost will be $5. For children under age 5 the event will be free.
The roast is one of two fundraising events the department holds every year. The other event, a fish fry held in conjunction with the Elizabethtown fire department, is in the winter.