Animal Pulls

A heritage deeply rooted in Durham’s agricultural past are the horse, oxen and pony pulls. These powerful contests are a throwback to the days long ago when animals worked the land. Bear witness as these beasts of burden battle it out to haul a weighted sled well into the night!


  • Real life horse power!
  • Oxen weighing as much as 3000 pounds
  • Draft Horse, Pony and Mini Horse pulls
  • Teams competing from all over New England
  • A traditional fair favorite!

Check the schedule page or Exhibitor Information page for pull times.

*Please note: The Durham Fair makes it a priority to ensure that all animals participating in competitions are treated in a humane and respectful manner.