The Queens County Fair grounds in Caledonia came alive July 24 for an ox pull competition that attracted 54 teams from New Ross to Yarmouth.
This is the first pull of the season at the grounds and it was the make-up date for the spring ox pull originally which was scheduled for June 19. A horse pull scheduled for May 22 also had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols at that time.
“It was a great turnout. People come from far and wide for this,” said Carolyn Tufts, assistant manager of the Queens County Fair Association. “Everyone loves getting together and seeing one another. It’s just a great event.”
Teams were slotted into classes depending on their weight – extra light, light, medium, heavy and extra heavy.
The top pullers of the day were owned by Marcus Tufts of Barrington. The team weighed in at 1,404.8 kilograms and its top weight pulled was 5,533.8 kg, or 3.93 per cent of its weight, to win the extra heavy class. Caledonia’s Matthew Merry and his team finished second. They pulled the same weight, but his team was heavier, weighing 1,631.1 kg.
The winner of each class is determined by averaging the heaviest load hauled by the weight of the team.
Next action at the fair grounds takes place August 7, when the Maritime Ox Pull Association will host a pull event there.
Following that, and since they’re unable to host the Queens County Fair again this year due to COVID-19, once again organizers have decided to split the ox and horse pulls into two weekends. The ox pulls will be held September 16 to 18 and the horse pulls, along with a music weekend, will be held September 24 to 25.
The five-day event normally includes ox and horse pulls, a parade, barrel racing and other activities.
Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin