BRADNER – The organization Citizens for a Better Bradner is hosting its annual ox roast Saturday from 3
to 6 p.m. in the Bradner fire hall.
Following the ox roast is trick-or-treat in town from 6 to 8 p.m.
Jason Sisco announced the ox roast during village council’s last meeting, telling officials and guests
the event is free for those who attend.
Committee members are looking for volunteers to donate desserts, and asking any residents with
"stories" to tell of the village’s famous ox roasts in the 1960s and ’70s to stop by and share
them while the beef is roasting for 12-15 hours. People are also needed to help set up the fire hall for
the event and serve the food.
The menu will be beef sandwiches, baked beans, chips, a beverage and dessert.
While there is no cost to guests to attend, raffle tickets are being sold to help defray the event’s
costs. There are two prizes, each of them a quarter of a beef.
Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held at the ox roast, and the winners do not have
to be present to win.
Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event or ahead of time from any committee member. That includes
Sisco, Linda Milligan, Amy Raymond and Shawn Hall.
Sisco said the event is "open to whoever comes. It’s much happier to sell out than have extra."
Apart from the council meeting, Sisco said the beef will go into the double boiler, over a fire in the
alley behind the fire station, at around midnight on Friday.
"It’s mind-numbingly boring," he said of the 12-15 hour roasting time needed, so any
conversation from people who stop by and tell old stories is appreciated.
"We drink a lot of hot chocolate," Sisco said of the roasters. They must add water to the
double boiler as the beef cooks.
The town was known for its ox roasts for many years. The event was revived to celebrate the 100th
anniversary of electricity coming to the village, and after that, Citizens for a Better Bradner resumed
For more information, contact Sisco at (419) 288-6018.