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Rowlesburg Labor Day Festival Wraps Up Monday

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Monday was the final day of the Rowlesburg Labor Day Festival.

It was celebrating its 50th year. Don Riggs works with the Rowlesburg Park Commission and said the festival was a little bigger this year in honor of the anniversary.

"We tried to make it a little bit bigger, a little more popular. We produced a 50th anniversary booklet with pictures and history back from day one from the original donation for the land to today," Riggs said.

The festival included music in the park, a model train show, and an ox roast. The roast has been a tradition since the start of the festival.

"It started 50 years ago when the got the idea for roasting it like they would have in the olden days. So now we bring in 1,600 pounds of top sirloin," Riggs said.

Getting the meat ready for the festival is a process.

"We cut it in chunks, wrap it in aluminum foil, then in cloth, and then in butchers twine. It went in the ground at 9 p.m. Sunday night and we left it in the fire pit until 10 a.m. Monday morning," Riggs explained.

In addition to all of the festival events, a reunion held in the old Rowlesburg School brought hundreds of people to the community.

"This is one of the big weekends when we have thousands of people come through. Its good for us, for the economy, for the history, and for a little bit of everything," said Kathleen Orescanin, with the Szilagyi Center.

Doris Rooks also works with the Szilagyi Center, which contains many museums, and said Rowlesburg is a great place to visit.

"We have become a destination. People have just joined in to make this the most wonderful place in West Virginia. Come to Rowlesburg and you will see what we've got," Rooks said.

The next big event for the Rowlesburg community is the Chestnut Festival coming up in October.

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