The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to appear Aug. 8-18 at the 2024 Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, in partnership with County Distributing and Anheuser-Busch.

The Clydesdales will be stalled just east of the Mathewson Exhibition Center and the eight-horse hitch will be harnessed and hitched to the famous red beer wagon various times during the Missouri State Fair. The "Gentle Giants," as the Clydesdales are often referred, will participate in several events at the Fair including the Opening Day Parade on Aug. 8 and the MSF Draft Horse Shows on Aug. 15-18. A complete schedule for the Clydesdales will be made available closer to the Fair.

The Clydesdales’ appearance in Sedalia is one of hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches. Canadians of Scottish descent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800s. Today, the giant draft horses are used primarily for breeding and show.

Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch must be at least three years of age, stand approximately 18 hands – or six feet – at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, must be bay in color, have four white legs, and a blaze of white on the face and black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is very important as hitchhorses meet millions of people each year.

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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.

The Budweiser Clydesdales can be viewed at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and Grant’s Farm in St. Louis, MO. They also may be viewed at Warm Springs Ranch, the 300-plus acre Clydesdale breeding farm located near Boonville.

The 2024 Missouri State Fair, themed “Summer’s Best Story,” is Aug. 8-18 in Sedalia.

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