2020-10-07

Queens County Fair celebrates 140th anniversary

by Kevin Mcbain

  • <p>KEVIN MCBAIN PHOTO</p><p>Mark Daniels and his team give it everything they&#8217;ve got.</p>
  • <p>KEVIN MCBAIN PHOTO</p><p>Darryle Demont coaxes this team, owned by Shane Dean, during action at the Caledonia horse pulls.</p>
  • <p>KEVIN MCBAIN PHOTO</p><p>The Queens County Fair celebrated its 140th anniversary with a weekend of ox pulls (September 18-19), horse pulls (September 25-26) and musical performances.</p>
  • <p>KEVIN MCBAIN PHOTO</p><p>Janie Ryan and her team go hard to pull the weight.</p>
  • <p><em><strong>DO NOT USE!!</strong></em></p>
  • <p>KEVIN MCBAIN PHOTO</p><p>Matthew Hawkes&#8217;s team of horses makes this pull look easy.</p>
  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>Marcus Tufts lead his oxen team to victory in the heavy class.</p>
  • <p>KEVIN MCBAIN PHOTO</p><p>Local musician and singer Autumn Carver was one of several performers sharing talent during the Queens County Fair Music Weekend held September 25-26.</p>

Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, the modified 140th Queens County Fair in Caledonia went ahead and was hailed a success.

Ox pulls were held September 18-19 and the horse pulls September 25-26. Musical acts also took to the stage on the evening of September 25 and throughout the afternoon of September 26.

Doreen Holdright, manager of the Queens County Fair Association, was thrilled with the support.

"It was a lot of work to get set up to go, but it was well worth it," she said. "Overall, it went really well and we had nothing but good reports from all of our competitors."

Only 250 people were allowed on the grounds at any one time, including the competitors. Holdright said they were close to capacity for spectators on both weekends.

The ox pulls attracted 50 teamsters and 56 pair of oxen. The horse pulls brought in about 27 pairs and two single pullers.

Holdright said the format with the two weekends went over well and it allowed more competitors to take part. She said they would do it the same way again, if the COVID-19 regulations don't change.

The fair is normally held over five days and includes a woodsman competition, fair parade, draft horses, barrel racing and a variety of other junior events.

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