Join us this Labor Day Weekend for the 31stAnnual Ox Roast and Homecoming Festival! Held in our picturesque Village Park, Lawrence's signature annual event is fun for the whole family.

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.   This year GREAT LAKES GRASS will perform during the Farmers Market

Also 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, music performances at the Pavilion.

Fun for all ages this Labor Day in Lawrence...See you there!

  Friday night:  Lawrence comes alive to celebrate the arrival of Ox Roast weekend.

Saturday: The fun continues Saturday in the park for The Classic car and Motorcycle Show, the 5k 10k 15k Watermelon Run, children's games, live entertainment, a local talent show, and a variety of booths to explore and food vendors from around the region.  Also, residents will hold yard sales throughout the Village on Saturday.

Sunday: Spend the afternoon in the shade watching the Pedal Pull on the main street, with bands in the park pavillion.

Monday: Monday wraps up the festival with our huge parade through the heart of Lawrence, so come early and get great seats. In the  afternoon we have theRubber Duck Race at the Paw Paw River bridge, followed up by the traditional performance of the Jeff and Jim.


Saturday  Sept 05, 2015                   Garage sales going on throughout Town on Saturday only
8 am - 2 pm            Lawrence High School Rummage Sale - high school gymnasium, 650 W. St. Joseph St.  $1 adult admission, children free

8 am                      Ox Roast 5K 10k 5K Watermelon Run

9 am - 3 pm            Farmers' Market

10 am- 2:30 pm      Classic Car Show
10 am - 3 pm          Motorcycle Show - sponsored by 2 Orange Harleys
10 am - 6 pm          Booths in the Park
11 am                     Flag Raising Ceremony & Proclamations
10:30 am - 4 pm     Children games and face painting

Noon - 4 pm           Free Lawrence Ox Roast Express rides for 4 to 12 yr olds

Noon - 6 pm           Lawrence Lions Club Bingo in Lawrence Village Park
Noon - Midnight      Lawrence Lions Beer Tent (141 N . Paw Paw St.)
Afternoon             Knightwinds Renaissance Group
2 - 3:45 pm             Music   "The Old Bedford Mill Trio"  
4 pm - 7 pm           Talent Show
6 pm                      Lawrence Alumni Dinner at Van Buren Conference Center
8 pm                      Music "Ritmo" Latin salsa at the Lawrence Lions Club Beer Tent 

Sunday  Sep 06, 2015
8 am - Noon           Pancake Breakfast atLawrence American Legion Hall building
8:30 am                  Sunday Service in the Park (non-denominational)
10 am - 6 pm          Booths in the Park
10:30am - 4 pm      Children games and face painting
11 am - Noon         Chalk the Walk  sponsored by Lawrence Branch Library
Noon - 4 pm           Free Lawrence Ox Roast Express rides for 4-to-12-year-olds
Noon - 1 pm           Kids Pedal Pull registration 
Noon - 6 pm           Lawrence Lions Club Bingo in Lawrence Village Park
Noon - Midnight      Lawrence Lions Beer Tent (141 N   Paw Paw St.)
Afternoon             Knightwinds Renaissance Group
12:30 pm                Winners of Chalk the Walk - must be present to win 
1 pm                      Kids Pedal Pull followed by Sanction Pull-Car Races (rain or shine)
4 - 6 pm                 Pre-sale for Book Sale upstairs in the historic Lawrence Town Hall
4:30 pm                  Michael Hutchins  - Chicago Jazz artist and Lawrence alumni
8 pm                    The Unknowns - Lawrence Lions Club Beer Tent

Monday  September 7, 2015
9 am  - 6 pm              Booths in the Park
10am - 4 pm              Book Sale at Lawrence Branch Library upstairs in  historic Lawrence Town Hall
11 am                        Ox Roast and Homecoming Parade
10:30 am - 4 pm         Children games and face painting
After Parade - 4 pm    Free Lawrence Ox Roast Express rides for 4-to-12-year-olds
Noon - 7 pm              Lawrence Lions Beer Tent (141 North Paw Paw St)
Noon                       Lawrence United Methodist Church Chicken Dinner
Noon - 6 pm               Lawrence Lions Club Bingo - Lawrence Village Park
Afternoon                 Knightwinds Renaissance Group
Noon                         Music "Jeff and Jim" 
1:30  pm                     Free Ox Roast Sandwiches at Lawrence American Legion Hall building
3 pm                          Duck Race
5 pm                          Raffle Drawings

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Ox Roasting behind the Legion Hall circa 1920s