Knox celebrates agricultural roots the old-fashioned way

By Tanya Mitchell | Jul 24, 2012
Photo by: Tanya Mitchell Amber Ferris, 13, leads her pair of young oxen during the youth ox-pull competition Sunday, July 22. Ferris placed first in the youth division.

Knox — Larrabee Field hosted quite a crowd over the weekend of July 21-22, where folks enjoyed several old-school activities, including horse and ox pulls, a dunk tank and a chicken barbecue.

The Knox Horse and Ox Pulls, which organizers with the Knox Historical Society hope to make an annual event, was intended to help the society fund the move of the town's old schoolhouse. The circa-1898 building, which for a few years the town used as the municipal office, is located on Route 137 and at one time served as a two-room school.

The two-day event took on the feel of an old-fashioned agricultural fair. Local youths ran the dunk tank, and area business owners like MaryAnne Kinney of Kinney's Sugarhouse provided a new twist on an old favorite — maple cotton candy.

The weekend also included a host of old-fashioned games and activities such as tug-of-war, a watermelon-eating contest and a skillet-toss competition.

Crowds gathered for the horse-pulls all day Saturday, and started Sunday off with a youth horse show and the ox-pulls.

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