WESTFIELD - If you went away hungry from Sunday's Ox Roast it was your fault.
Hundreds brought their appetite and desire for fun to the 2012 Ox Roast sponsored by the Westfield Exempt Firemen's Association in Ottoway Park.
"We had a great turnout," was Assistant Chief Dave Davies' assesment Sunday evening. "A special thank-you to the community for your support," he added.
Three days of set up and preparation precede the Ox Roast. Among the willing are, from left, Lyle Holland, Jeff Janicki and Corey Fleck, all members of the village fire department. Holland and Janicki are also exempts.
Among prize winners, according to Exempt president Randy Lawson, were:
Donna Kilbane, Westfield, winner of a 40-inch flat-screen TV provided by the Exempts;
Dennis Lutes, Westfield, won the Light House diamond necklace provided by Matthews Jewelers and the Exempts;
Vickie Harris, Brocton, won a gas grill.
Also Denny Barmore, Gerry, won a $25 Key Bank card;
Trinity Brown, Westfield, received a gift pack provided by HSBC Bank and Marylou Gramham, Buford, GA., was awarded a certificate from Lake Shore Savings Bank.
And the Little Red Wagon, a long-time Ox Roast feature, was won by Dale Sherman.
Profits from the annual roast have been a source of controvery between the village's fire commission and Exempts. As a result what commission chairman Barry Underwood termed a "collection policy" was inauguarated this year for the "Chuck Wheel" and pull-tab games of chance.
The policy was unanimously approved by the fire commission during its July meeting. The fire commission has put sharp focus on maintaining separate verifable accounting procedures for Exempt fund raising activities.
As part of the new collection accounting the commission originally wanted verification of the Chuck Wheel pay out for each spin. Ed Kneer, a 45-year fire veteran, told the commissioners that would be impossible as a practical matter and the commissioners moved to amend the new policy to eliminate the spin by spin accounting and instead keep track of the wheel's overall winnings.