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Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales coming to Menomonie

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be making an appearance at Menomonie's Great Community Cook-out on Aug. 14.

The famous team is in town as part of the promotion of the opening of the new Bill's Distributing facility in the Menomonie Industrial Park.

The eight-horse hitch and haulers will make their way down Main Street and Second Street West starting at around 5 p.m. They will travel to Third Street and then onto Wilson Avenue and Fourth Street.

They will stay there from 5:30 - 6 p.m. for photo opportunities. The horses will then be unhitched and loaded there so the public has more time to view them.

Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale Hitch must be at least 3 years of age, stand approximately 18 hands - or six feet - at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white stockings, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail, according to Anheuser-Busch officials.

A gentle temperament is very important, as hitch horses often meet millions of people each year. The Clydesdales' appearance in Menomonie is one of 300 made annually by the five traveling hitches.

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 dog.

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.

The Great Community Cook-out is hosted by Main Street of Menomonie Inc. and runs from 5 - 10 p.m.