2017 PULLING AREA SPONSORS
Austin Brothers Valley Farm, Austin Ridge Acres, Hodgen Landscaping, Moulton Insurance Agency
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.
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. Partially sponsored by Wanczyk family by donating seeds and providing educational session to foster competition.
7 PM Kid’s Night Out sponsored by Christ Community Church
Noon or immediately following the Parade.
Classes: Up to 3,300 pounds
Over 3,300 pounds
2014 Top weight 14,000lbs
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
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
Review the 2017 exhibit hall book web
Mail entry Form and W9 to Bill Austin
Horse & Ox Superintendent
53 Mill Valley Road
For more info call 413-219-6900 or 413-323-7201
NO PREMIUM WILL BE PAID WITHOUT A COMPLETED W9
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
NO SMOKING AT THE FAIR