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In times past ,horses and oxen were used for  all types of work.  Farmers would bring their best teams to fair to show off and compete for bragging rights. Some farmers have kept this tradition alive and  compete in our modern fairs for  trophys,  ribbons, and prize money  as well as bragging rights.  The current contests are tests of strength  and skill as the driver and the  team become one to pull the heaviest weight.  Belchertown Fair has one of the largest and most  heavily attended horse pull and ox draw on the fair circuit. Each contest has  several weight classes . In 2012 there were  22 horses with the top team  crossing 21,000 pounds  to tie a  Belchertown Fair record. The top oxen team crossed 18,000 pounds out of 62 oxen in attendance. In 2013,there were 30 horses crossing a top weight of 16,000 pounds and 56 oxen crossing a top weight of 14,500 pounds. Without a doubt this is a popular fair event. Pulling enthusiasts get their seat early so they can  check out the competition and  catch up with old friends while waiting. If you haven’t seen this activity , it is a do not miss. Make your way to the pulling area on the North end of the common. The knowledgeable announcer will guide you through what is happening . It is entertaining as well as fun for us. It is serious work for the pullers.  Grab a seat and check it out! But do not assume that this is the only reason to hang out in this area.  There are activities all week end long.  Get your seat and favorite fair food. Enjoy the show.

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FRIDAY  9/21

5PM K9 Police Dog Demo Sponsored by Belchertown K9 Program


6 PM Giant Pumpkin Weigh In- 2015 top weight 540lbs. In 2016 Top weight was 285 lbs.  In 2017 ,top weight was 473 lbs. Pumpkins are put on the Great Pumpkin Float and pulled through the parade Saturday morning. The float is on display for all to see both Saturday and Sunday in front of the Exhibit Hall.


7 PM Kid’s Night Out featuring games and fun for all sponsored by Christ Community Church –

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Noon  or immediately following the Parade.

 Classes: Up to 3,300 pounds

Over 3,300 pounds

2014 Top weight  14,000lbs

Saturday  9/22

7:30 PM Boy’s and Girl’s Night Out

An elimination game of strength,skill and luck. Who can get the bale intact into the bucket as it is progressively raised.  For the third year in a row, there will be a Powder Puff Class. In 2016 , Loni Austin hoisted the bale 8 feet in the air and Chris Gay got in the bucket at an incredible 14 feet .  This is old fashioned fun at its best . Grab a seat. Sponsored by McCarthys Pub and Friends Of the Fair and Parade

Don’t miss it

Bale toss

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Sunday 9/23


2017 Sponsored in part by  Kevin & Cindy Brown

Starting between 9-10 AM

Classes: Up to 2,400 pounds

Up to 2,800 pounds

Up to 3,200 pounds

Over 3,200 pounds

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Review the 2017 exhibit hall book web

  Download an  2017 exhibit hall entry form and Blank-W-9

Mail entry Form  and W9 to Bill Austin

Horse & Ox Superintendent

53 Mill Valley Road

Belchertown,Ma. 01007

For more info call 413-219-6900 or 413-323-7201


Entry must be postmarked by September 10,2017

********           PLEASE NOTE       *********

2017 Massachusetts State Fairs Pulling  Rules , Eastern Draft Horse Association Rules and New England Ox Teamsters Rules will prevail

No alcohol is allowed  per Town of Belchertown

Any Teamster under the influence may be asked to leave the fair grounds

Participants must wear hard toed  shoes.

Please be sure to clean all trash or animal refuse before leaving your area

The decision of the judge is final

Classes may be combined at the discretion of fair officials.

Additional off grounds parking is available

Please NO PETS, Service Animals Welcome