Annual Labor Day Weekend Celebration and Ox Roast!

Historic Rowlesburg, W.Va. will host its annual Labor Day Weekend Festival Friday, August 30 through Monday, September 2, with the famous Ox Roast held on Monday, September 2 at Noon.

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, basketball court, tennis court, picnic pavilions and a summer concession stand.

The festival kicks off with the Fireman’s Parade on Friday at 7p.m. and a free concert featuring Cody Clayton Eagle at the fire station. Festivities return Saturday with the Labor Day Dance is set for 8 p.m. until midnight–doors open at 7p.m.–at the Szilagyi Center, featuring music by The Classics. Cost is $15 for a single ticket and $25 per couple.

On Sunday, the Rowlesburg High School All-Class Reunion will be from 1-5 p.m. with a $6 buffet.

On Labor Day, Monday September 2, there will be plenty of live music, as well as a car, truck, and bike show–and the annual Ox Roast! Returning this year, will also be cartoon characters, horse and buggy rides, games and face painting for children to enjoy. A new addition to this year’s event will be carnival rides for children. All day passes will cost $12, single-ride tickets will cost $1.50, 12 tickets cost $15 or 25 tickets cost $25. Then, Monday night, is the Rowlesburg’s Famous “Pit-Roast Beef” from noon until 6p.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.

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
  • River City Café
  • 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


B&O Caboose

B&O Caboose

While you’re in town, stop by a local restaurant and bar to watch the Mountaineers play James Madison in the first West Virginia University football game of the 2019 season! The game begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, and will be held at Milan-Puskar Stadium in Morgantown, WV.

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