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, Freedom Sports Bar Beer Tent, The Carnival, 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 this year downtown in front of DeHavens. The 3 v 3 Basketball Tournament will take place on the basketball courts. In the pavilion live bands will perform in the Pavilion.  Later in the night there is a DJ Dance at the pavilion, along with the Freedom Sports Bar Beer Tent. The evening also caps off with the Truck Parade.

Sunday: There is a non denomination church service in the park, with kids Pedal Pull event in the afternoon. Music again at the Pavilion. A DJ takes the stage at the Pavilion until the FIREWORKS at the High School.

Monday: The Labor Day Parade at 11:00am followed up with Pavilion music by The High Steppin Playboys, followed up by Summer Reunion Band. 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

    8:00 am                 Flag Raising Ceremony & Proclamations

    8 am                         Watermelon Run/Walk – VBISD Conference Center

    9 am – 1 pm             Farmers Market

    9 am – 4 pm            3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
    10 am – 2 pm        Classic Car Show / Motorcyle Show
    10 am – noon         Magician – Alan Kazaam – Park Pavilion

    10 am- 5 pm          Ox Roast Truck ‘N Shine – Downtown in front of DeHavens

     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         Freedom Sports Bar Beer Tent
    1 pm – 6 pm          Music – The Phoenix Band – Park Pavilion
    7 pm – 9 pm           Standup Comedy –  – Park Pavilion
    6 pm                           Lawrence Alumni Dinner – VBISD Conference Center
    9:30 pm                     TEEN DANCE – DJ Fidel
    Dusk                           Lighted Truck Parade

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

    11:00 am                    Sunday Service in the Park (East Arlington Baptist Church)

    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
    1:00 pm – Finish     Kids Pedal Pull followed by Sanction Pull-Car Races (rain or shine)

    1 pm                           Cornhole tournament – Registration

    2 pm                          Cornhole Tournament

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

    7 pm – 9 pm             Music – Park Pavilion – Booder Scoops
    10 pm – Midnight   DJ Fidel – Park Pavilion

    DUSK  – FIRWORKS  – High School


  • 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
    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
    12:30 – 2:30 pm          Music – The High Steppin Playboys
    1:30 pm                Free Ox Roast Sandwiches at Lawrence American Legion Hall

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

    3 pm                      Music – Park Pavilion – Summer Reunion Band

    3 pm                      Raffle Drawings

Interested in a Booth in the Park ? Ox Roast booth registration form for 2019 is here.

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 – – Phil Glennie

Vice President Oct 2018-Oct 2020 – – Dan Hossler

Secretary Oct 2017-Oct 2019 – – Sally Norg

Treasurer March 2019-Oct 2019 – – Kimberly Fearnow

Trustees : Fern Conklin, Vernon Crippen, David Lamp, Katie Newton, Mary Utter

Members : Delores Crippen, Dan Faulkner, Chris Fearnow, Andrew Muday, Mary Muday, Melissa Skowronski, Thad Skowronski

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