The iconic Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to the Sedalia on Wednesday to deliver Budweiser to a few lucky local residents’ homes. This special delivery mirrors when August A. Busch, Jr. and Adolphus Busch III surprised their father, August A. Busch, Sr., with the gift of a six-horse Clydesdale hitch to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition eighty-two years ago.
To kick off their arrival in Sedalia, the Budweiser Clydesdales will parade through the town’s Barrett Avenue on Aug. 12, making several home deliveries, courtesy of County Distributing Co. In addition, two lucky winners will ride on the hitch during the deliveries. This special opportunity was won through sweepstakes over the last several weeks offering adult consumers in the area a chance to win a ride on the hitch.
“The Budweiser Clydesdales continue to be an enduring symbol of the brewery’s heritage, tradition and commitment to quality,” Manny Raber, Budweiser Clydesdales hitch supervisor, said. “We are happy to show our appreciation to our fans in Sedalia by making these special home deliveries and appearances happen.”
During their stay in Sedalia, the Budweiser Clydesdales will also appear at the Missouri State Fair from Thursday, Aug. 13 to Sunday, Aug. 23. Each day, the hitch team and red wagon will parade through the fairgrounds and will offer stable viewings where consumers can interact with the hitch team and take photos.
The Budweiser Clydesdales’ appearance in Sedalia is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches. Expert groomers travel on the road with the hitch at least 10 months every year. Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least four years of age, stand approximately 18 hands – or six feet – at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white legs, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is essential, as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.
About the Budweiser Clydesdales:
Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser Clydesdales are an enduring symbol of Budweiser’s heritage, tradition and commitment to quality. The hitch team’s upcoming visit to Sedalia, is one of hundreds of appearances it will make in 2015, never failing to draw a crowd wherever they go. This year marks the 82nd anniversary of the Budweiser Clydesdales, which made their first appearance on behalf of Anheuser-Busch on April 7, 1933, when they delivered a case of Budweiser to the White House in celebration of the repeal of prohibition of beer.