Annual Labor Day Weekend Celebration and Ox Roast!

Historic Rowlesburg, W.Va. will host its annual Labor Day Weekend Festival from Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4.

Rowlesburg is a “Flagship Community” and its citizens are committed to the revitalization of their hometown following the Great Flood of 1985. Town organizations continually work toward beautifying the town by planting flowers, working with streetscape projects, park cleanups, and more.

The Rowlesburg Community Park is a multi-acre park, located on the riverside in the Cheat River Valley, with two baseball fields, a lighted walking path, a basketball court, a tennis court, picnic pavilions, and a summer concession stand.

The festival kicks off with the Labor Day Alumni & Homecoming Dance and is set for 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. –doors open at 7 p.m.–at the Szilagyi Center on Saturday 2. The event is for anyone 18 years and older. Prices are $15 for singles and $25 for couples. BYOB and snacks.

On Sunday 3, the Rowlesburg High School All-Class Reunion at the Szilagyi Center Auditorium and will be available in the afternoon from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. for those who want to gather there and reminisce with former classmates. This year’s reunion will feature the class of 1988.

On Labor Day, Monday, September 4, there will be plenty of live music, as well as a vendor village with local crafts and items for sale, live music all day–and the annual Ox Roast! Returning this year, will also be activities, games, dunk tanks, horse wagon rides, and bounce houses for children to enjoy. Rowlesburg’s Famous “Pit-Roast Beef” will be there from noon until 6 p.m. (or until they’re sold out). The roast beef for the Ox Roast is pit-cooked overnight in the Community Park. Secret seasonings are added from a recipe that is said to be handed down for over 40 years from a former Rowlesburg railroad chef. There will also be hot dogs, hamburgers, and fries available.

A Labor Day firework show will then end the festival Monday evening. With activities for all ages, this festival is the perfect outing for the whole family!


  • World War II Museum
  • B&O Bridges Exhibit
  • Emporium Antiques and Collectibles
  • Quilt Making and Display
  • 4-H History and Learning Center
  • Carolann Hooton Reading and Research Library
  • Preston County Sport Museum
  • Train Depot and Caboose
  • Art Room
  • Quilting Room


B&O Caboose

B&O Caboose

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