Join us Labor Day Weekend for the Ox Roast and Homecoming Festival !!

Held in our picturesque Village Park, Lawrence’s signature annual event is fun for the whole family. All weekend there will be: various booths to explore, food vendors, Lawrence Lions Club Bingo Tent, Lions Club Beer Tent, The Knightwinds Renaissance Group exhibition, kids free train rides, kids games, music performances at the Pavilion.  Fun for all ages this Labor Day in Lawrence…See you there!

Saturday: At 8 am The Watermelon Run (5k/10k/15kWalk&Run) will start at The VBISD Conference Center. If you’re in the mood to shop, check out what local farmers and artisans have to offer this fall and enjoy the freshest produce at the Farmers’ Market in the park, held on Saturday.   There is also our Classic Car & Motorcyle Show, along with the 3rd year of the Truck N Shine which takes place at the VBISD learning center parking lot. In the pavilion live bands will perform in the Pavilion.  Later in the night there is a Dance at the pavilion, along with the Lions Club Beer Tent.

Sunday: There is a non denomination church service in the park, with kids Pedal Pull event in the afternoon. Music again at the Pavilion. New this year is a 3 on 3 sand Volleyball tournament at 10 AM.  and a Pie Baking Contest. The Lions Club Beer Tent will be running and we closed out the night at the Lawrence High School football field with games, entertainment, and FIREWORKS.

Monday: The Labor Day Parade followed up with Pavilion music by Jeff Kasabucky and friends. The Duck Race in the afternoon and raffle.

pdf schedule of Lawrence Ox Roast and Homecoming

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  • Monday Sept 5 - (pull down to view)
  • Friday night Lawrence comes alive to celebrate the arrival of Ox Roast weekend.

  • Garage Sales going on throughout the Village on Saturday only

    8 am                          Watermelon Run/Walk – VBISD Conference Center
    9 am                          Ox Roast Truck ‘N Shine – VanBuren Learning Center

    9 am – 1 pm             Farmers Market
    10 am – 2 pm        Classic Car Show
    10 am – 2:30 pm   Motorcycle Show
    10 am – 6 pm         Booths in the Park
    11:00 am                  Flag Raising Ceremony & Proclamations
    10:30 am – 4 pm  Children games
    Noon – 4 pm           Free Lawrence Ox Roast Express rides for kids of all ages
    Noon – 6 pm           Lawrence Lions Club Bingo – Lawrence Village Park
    Noon – 12 am         Lawrence Lions Beer Tent (5/3 Bank parking lot)
    Afternoon                Knightwinds Renaissance Group
    1 pm – 2:30 pm      Music – Royce Vaughan & Co – Park Pavilion
    3 pm – 5:30 pm      Music – Jimmy Phillips & The Mortals – Park Pavilion
    6 pm                           Lawrence Alumni Dinner – VBISD Conference Center
    8 pm                           Music – Lawrence Lions Club Beer Tent
    8:30 pm                     TEEN DANCE – Jammin with Jerry
    Dusk                           Lighted Truck Parade

  • 8 am  – Noon           Pancake Breakfast – Lawrence American Legion Hall

    11:00 am                    Sunday Service in the Park (nondenominational)
    10 am – 6 pm          Booths in the Park

    10 am                         3 on 3 SAND VOLLEYBALL Tournament @  Lawrence Village Park
    11 am – 4 pm           Children games
    11 am – Noon           Chalk the Walk – sponsored by Lawrence Branch Library
    Noon – 4 pm             Free Lawrence Ox Roast Express rides for kids of all ages
    Noon – 1 pm            Kids Pedal Pull registration
    Noon – 6 pm            Lawrence Lions Club Bingo – Lawrence Village Park
    Noon – 12:00 am     Lawrence Lions Beer Tent (5/3 Bank parking lot)
    Afternoon                 Knightwinds Renaissance Group
    12:30 pm                  Winners of Chalk the Walk – must be present to win
    1:00 pm – Finish     Kids Pedal Pull followed by Sanction Pull-Car Races (rain or shine)

    1 pm                          Pie Baking contest – Park Pavilion

    1 pm                           Cornhole tournament – Registration

    2 pm                          Cornhole Tournament

    12:30 – 2 pm             Music – Nathan Douglas & FineLine – Park Pavilion
    3 pm – 4:30 pm      Music – Black Ice – Park Pavilion
    4 pm – 6 pm            Pre-sale for the Book Sale – upstairs in the historic Lawrence Townhall

    6 pm – 10 pm           Games, Entertainment, and  FIREWORKS @ Lawrence High School
    8 pm – 10 pm          Music –  Lions Club Beer Tent -5/3 Bank parking lot


  • 10 am  – 4 pm        Booths in the Park
    10 am  – 4 pm        Book Sale at Lawrence Branch Library upstairs in the historic Lawrence Townhall
    11 am                      Ox Roast Homecoming Parade
    10  am – 4 pm  Children games
    After Parade – 4pm  Free Lawrence Ox Roast Express rides for kids of all ages
    Noon                       Lawrence Lions Beer Tent (5/3 Bank parking lot)
    Noon                       Lawrence United Methodist Church Chicken Dinner
    Noon – 6 pm         Lawrence Lions Club Bingo – Lawrence Village Park
    Afternoon              Knightwinds Renaissance Group
    Noon – 2 pm          Music – Jeff and Jim – Park Pavilion
    1:30 pm                Free Ox Roast Sandwiches at Lawrence American Legion Hall

    2:00pm                Duck Race – N Bridge on Paw Paw River

    3 pm                      Raffle Drawings

Interested in a Booth in the Park ? Ox Roast booth registration form

Interested in entering in our Labor Day Parade? Ox Roast parade app

Interested in  Becoming a Member of the Ox Roast ? Ox Roast members are vital to elect our Trustees (committee members) and Board (President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer).   See the following Ox Roast membership application   registration form .   Meetings are at 6pm at the Village Hall on the 3rd Thursday of the month, and every Thursday in August.  Elections are held at the October meeting.

President Oct 2017- Oct 2019 – – Open

Vice President Oct 2016-Oct 2018 – – Phil Glennie

Secretary Oct 2017-Oct 2019 – – Sally Norg

Treasurer Oct 2016-Oct 2018 – – Melissa Skowronski

Trustees : Mary Muday, Kimberly Fearnow, Vernon Crippen, Thad Skowronski, Mary Utter

Members : Andrew Muday, Dan Faulkner, Delores Crippen, Kyle Conklin, Fern Conklin, Chris Fearnow, Dan Hossler, David Lamp

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