BRISTOL, Va. - The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are in Bristol, Virginia, July 16-22 to help commemorate the 50th anniversary of Walling Distributing Company.
They are camped out at Cumberland Square Park and will be through Sunday from 8 AM to 7 PM.
Weather permitting, the eight-horse hitch will make four processions through historic downtown Bristol, the first Friday, July 19 at 5 PM and 6:30 PM; and again on Saturday, July 20 at 5 PM and 7 PM.
They will also be visiting the Abingdon Farmer's Market from 5 PM to 8 PM Thursday evening.
During the remainder of their time in Bristol, the legendary Clydesdales will be on view to the public for photos and interaction, and will participate in specially planned events including Believe in Bristol's Border Bash on Friday, July 19 and "Party in the Park with the Clydesdales," on Saturday, July 20, sponsored by City of Bristol, Virginia, Believe in Bristol, Birthplace of Country Music and Walling Distributing. Both events will feature music and food and craft vendors.
A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much as 20-25 quarts of feed, 40-50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day. Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian.
In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.