We said we are planning to celebrate our 150th Anniversary in a BIG WAY, so why not bring in some BIG GUESTS! We are excited to partner with C&L Distributing to bring these beautiful Clydesdales to the McLeod County Fair for you to see - you won't want to miss it! They will be on site during the fair Thursday, Saturday and Sunday for viewing. Watching the process of getting them each suited up for the hitch is a show all in itself. When next year's Super Bowl commercials roll out, you can say YOU SAW THEM!
Did you know?
- Each of the Clydesdales’ handcrafted harnesses and collars weigh approximately 130 pounds.
- The Budweiser Clydesdales are given short names, such as Duke, Mark and Bud, to make it easier for the driver to give commands to the horses during a performance.
- Budweiser Clydesdales’ horseshoes measure more than 20 inches from end to end and weigh about 5 pounds.
- Dalmatians were known as coach dogs because they ran between the wheels of coaches or carriages and were companions to the horses. Since the 1950s, Dalmatians have traveled with the Budweiser Clydesdales hitch, perched atop the wagon proudly seated next to the driver.
- The turn-of-the-century beer wagons have been meticulously restored and are kept in excellent condition. The wagons are equipped with two braking systems: a hydraulic pedal device that slows the vehicle for turns and downhill descents, and a hand-brake that locks the rear wheels when the wagon is at a halt.