Many young children stood clutching miniature Clydesdale plush toys bought from vendors inside a tent set up in the lot. Before the 6:30 p.m. parade, and through much of the day, visitors were permitted to tour the tent where the one-ton draft horses were kept.
Also before the event, the West Plains Chamber of Commerce held its after-hours get-together in the tent, providing meals, free cookies and business directories to visitors.
As the horses were readied for their trip around the shopping center, many parents coaxed their children to pose for photos in front of the enormous Clydesdales, dwarfing the youngsters. The horses' coats were brushed to a glossy sheen and their tails pinned in red and white bows. Even the distinctive long hair on their feet was immaculately clean, billowing softly in the horses trotted around the center.
Organizers said they were pleased with the turnout and hope to host the Budweiser Clydesdales again. The Clydesdales were in West Plains from Sept. 7-11.