Mantua – The 2011 St. Joseph Church Ox Roast Fair in Mantua kicks off with the availability of Ox Roast Raffle Tickets.  Grand prizes this year include $5,000 in cash for first prize, a second prize of a 46” cut Cub Cadet Riding Tractor (retail value $2,099.00) courtesy of M & M Services of Streetsboro and the folks at Cub Cadet, and a John Deere 16” Line Trimmer for third prize (retail value $229.00) courtesy of Chagrin Pet, Garden & Power Equipment.  The drawing takes place the last day of the Fair, Sunday, July 17th, at 9:30 p.m.  Winner need not be present.  During the Fair, $100 progressive hourly drawings take place at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 p.m. all three days.  Winners must be present for the progressive hourly drawings and winners still qualify for the main raffle.  Tickets are $1.00 each or a book of 12 for $10.00.  Printing cost of the tickets was provided by McGinnis Amusements, the Fair’s midway ride company. To purchase Ox Roast Fair Raffle Tickets, contact any St. Joseph parishioner or the parish office at 330-274-2253.

Trade Booth space is available for the entire three days of the fair. The standard 10’ x 10’ booth rental fee is $375.00. A large booth, measuring 10’ x 20’, is also available for $475.00. Each booth is a lighted, open-sided booth with a canopy style cover (this is not an individual free standing tent). St. Joseph’s will supply one 8’ table and two folding chairs. Trade booths which require special lighting and/or require the use of a vehicle are $550.00. For further information and an agreement form, please contact Jan at St. Joseph’s parish office at 330-274-2253.

Area businesses are invited to sponsor an individual truck or tractor pull at this year’s Ox Roast Fair. Now in its 48th year, the Ox Roast Fair will be held July 15th, 16th, and 17th, and promises to be more exciting than ever with the addition of Friday night fireworks. Get your name out to more than 30,000 people during the 3-day event. Your business will be announced throughout the pull and also acknowledged in the parish bulletin and on the parish website. If you have a banner or sign advertising your company, it will be displayed on the track fence all three days. Banners or signs may be dropped off at St. Joseph Church’s parish office or it can be picked up any time at your convenience. The tax-deductible sponsor’s donation is $50.00 for this year’s truck & tractor pull. For more information, please contact Jan at St. Joseph’s parish office at 330-274-2253.

Pulls are held all three days of the Ox Roast Fair. On Friday enjoy Antique Tractor Pulls (1957 or older) as the Geauga County Antique Tractor Pullers begin this sanctioned pull at 6:00 p.m. (weigh-in at 5:00 p.m.). Putting on quite a show on Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Tractor & Semi Truck Pulls take place (weigh-in at 4:30 p.m.). The Ohio Garden Tractor Pullers Association will host the Garden Tractor Pulls on Saturday & Sunday with weigh-in at 10:00 a.m. and pulls beginning at 11:00 a.m. both days (please note that fairgrounds open at 1:00 p.m. Saturday and Noon on Sunday). You’ll want to stick around for the thrilling 4WD Pick-Up Pulls beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday (registration at 3:30 p.m.).

The 2011 Ox Idol is back again this year with three fun-filled days of selection of Karaoke Contestants 6:00-11:00 p.m. Friday (with a break for the fireworks display), 7:00-11:00 p.m. Saturday, and 3:00-9:00 p.m. Sunday with the finals competition 8:00-9:00 p.m. on Sunday. All contestants and the three top winners to be selected from all song slips filled out on each day of the Fair (three individuals and one wild card entry each day).  All Wild Card Contestants to be chosen from all entry slips right before the finals. A total of 12 contestants will compete in the finals for the title of Ox Roast Idol. Entry fee of $3.00 per song slip is required or you may choose to purchase an exclusive “I Sang at Ox Idol” t-shirt for $10.00 which includes the entry fee. The three most lucky and possibly talented performers will win $50-3rd, $100-2nd, and $200-Grand Prize. Don’t miss this spectacular event!

This year’s Fair takes place Friday, July 15th, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Saturday, July 16th, from 1:00 to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 17th, from Noon to 10:00 p.m.  For a complete look at St. Joseph’s 48th Annual Ox Roast Fair, visit their website at