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Avery Oxen Show Admission Ticket
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James Avery of Buckland, Massachusetts, made a business from showing his record-breaking oxen at county fairs and shows across the country. Avery had been interested in oxen from his earliest days, but in 1893 he took a pair of large, although not record-breaking oxen, and began to feed and work them. By the end of 1893, they together weighed 6,100 pounds. When one died, he replaced him. He eventually owned five big oxen. By 1906 Avery's show no longer was profitable and he stopped touring.
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