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Clydesdales visit West Plains

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hundreds of spectators lined the West Plains Walmart and Southern Hills Shopping Center parking lot on Sept. 8, to catch a glimpse of the famous Budweiser Clydesdales during a special tour.

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.

Along with Great Rivers Distributing, Budweiser presented several appearances of the Clydesdales, their replica vintage beer wagon and mascot Dalmatian dog. The eight-horse team also appeared at the Missouri Fox Trotting Association show and celebration in Ava and at the Ozarks Medical Center Blue Jean Ball at Risner Stables.

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.


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I don't know who the photographer was, but it would have been nice to include a photo of the horses, as that is what the article was about. I attended this event and have better pictures from my cell phone!

-- Posted by goatgirl on Fri, Sep 16, 2011, at 7:28 AM

P.S. It is the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse Breed Association Show and Celebration. (MFTHBA) (Proper nouns are capitalized...the Show and Celebration is the name of the event.

-- Posted by goatgirl on Fri, Sep 16, 2011, at 7:31 AM

There's a photo both on the website and on the FRONT PAGE of the paper. It was HUGE. Right in the center....did you have your glasses on?

-- Posted by CityGalGoneCountry on Mon, Sep 19, 2011, at 4:29 PM

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