The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Fairfield next month and we have the full schedule!
The world-famous Clydesdales, their trainers, and the Dalmatians, Chip and April, will arrive in Fairfield May 7 for a one-week stay. All public activities will begin Wednesday, May 9 and include:
Wednesday, May 9: Camera day 11-12pm and 4-5pm / Stable viewing 10-7pm
Thursday, May 10: Camera day 11-12pm and 4-5pm / Stable viewing 10-7pm
Friday, May 11 : Hitch Parade 2-4pm /Stable viewing 10-7pm
Saturday, May 12 : Hitch Parade 2-4pm /Stable viewing 10-7pm
Sunday, May 13 : Hitch Parade 2-4pm /Stable viewing 10-7pm
Parking and admission are free and all ages are welcome. While at the brewery, be sure to stop in the tasting room and gift shop or go on one of the daily tours. You can learn more about Anheuser-Busch's signature tours at www.budweisertours.com The tasting room is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Please note, the brewery is closed Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8.
- The Budweiser Clydesdales made their first-ever appearance on April 7, 1933, to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. August A. Busch, Jr. presented the hitch as a gift to his father, August Anheuser Busch, Sr., who was guided outside the brewery by the ruse of being told his son had purchased him a new car, but instead was greeted by the horses, pulling a red, white and gold beer wagon. The hitch proceeded to carry the first case of post-Prohibition beer from the St. Louis brewery in a special journey down Pestalozzi Street in St. Louis The presentation of the original two six-horse hitches of champion Clydesdales moved father, sons and drivers to tears. The phrase “crying in your beer” was officially coined shortly thereafter.
- No strangers to television broadcasts and parades, the Budweiser Clydesdales have figured prominently in two Presidential inaugurations. They appeared in Missouri native Harry Truman’s inaugural parade in 1949, and then again for Bill Clinton’s in 1993.
- In 1950, the Budweiser Clydesdales received their very own mascot: the Dalmatian. Traditionally used to guide horse-drawn fire carts, this spotted dog serves as friend and companion to the team, sitting aside the driver.
- To qualify for one of the hitches, a Budweiser Clydesdale must be a gelding with an even temperament and strong, draft horse appearance, be at least four years old, stand at least 18 hands (72 inches, 183 cm) at the withers when fully mature, and weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds (820 and 1,040 kg). In addition, each horse must be bay in color (a reddish-brown coat with a black mane and tail), have four white stocking feet, and a blaze of white on the face.
- There are several "hitches" or teams of horses, that travel around the United States and others that remain in their official homes at the company headquarters at the Anheuser-Busch brewery complex in St. Louis, Missouri, or at Merrimack, New Hampshire. The West Coast Hitch is the team of horses that visit Fairfield's Anheuser-Busch Brewery every year.
- Many of the Clydesdales owned by Anheuser-Busch are raised at Grant's Farm near St. Louis. The Budweiser Clydesdale Stables at Grant's Farm house approximately 35 mares, stallions and foals, with an average of 15 foals produced each year. Anheuser-Busch owns a total of about 250 Clydesdales, kept at various locations throughout the United States, one of the largest herds of Clydesdale horses in the world