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TELL CITY - The Budweiser Clydesdales will visit Tell City late this month, providing a thrilling start to this year's 51st Schweizer Fest.
The famous horses and the early 1900s beer wagon they pull will arrive in City Hall Park around 11 a.m. Friday, July 31, and will travel the streets around the park from noon to 2 p.m.
The visit is sponsored by Schweizer Fest Inc. and Hedinger Beverage Co. of Jasper.
In addition to the Clydesdales, NASCAR fans can view driver Kasey Kahne's car. Kahne drives the No. 9 Budweiser Dodge car.
The bulk of this year's Schweizer Fest events will take place Aug. 5-8.
The Clydesdales have been the symbol of Anheuser-Busch since 1933 and according to information on the company's Web site, have their origin in the repeal that year of Prohibition.
August A. Busch Jr. and his brother, Adolphus Busch III, presented horses to their father to mark the big event and the "hitch thundered down Pestalozzi Street carrying the first case of post-Prohibition beer," the company's site reports. St. Louis and Tell City each have a Pestalozzi Street.
Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at Anheuser Bush breweries in St. Louis and Fort Collins, Colo. There are four teams of traveling horses.
To qualify for one of the teams, a horse must be a gelding at least four years old, stand 6 feet at the shoulder when fully mature and weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds.
Horses must also be bay in color and have the correct white markings on their feet, faces, manes and tails.