The Clydesdales are coming to Plymouth

Kathryn Koch

The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be a major attraction during this year’s America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration when large crowds turn out to celebrate American history.

The Clydesdales will be on loan to L. Knife & Son, one of Anheuser-Busch’s largest Budweiser distributors, for a series of events over four days followed by their appearance in the Saturday, Nov. 21, Thanksgiving parade.

L. Knife & Son Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Tim Sheehan said it’s great to be able to welcome the Clydesdales to Plymouth to be part of the celebration of American history.

“It’s part of Americana, and it’s part of our history they’re trying to bring to the next generation,” he said.

The Clydesdales are a hot ticket. Sheehan said it takes advance planning to schedule the Clydesdales, but with L. Knife & Son, which is based in Kingston, celebrating its 75th year as a Budweiser distributor and Budweiser celebrating 75 years since forming its first team of Clydesdales, Anheuser-Busch was happy to oblige. It also helps that L. Knife hosted the Clydesdales a few years ago as part of the America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration.

The first Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of Anheuser-Busch, were a gift from August A. Busch Jr. and Adolphus Busch III to their father, August A. Busch Sr., to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition.

Clydesdales were originally used by Scottish farmers as draft horses along the banks of the River Clyde. Today they are primarily used for breeding and show. There are five traveling teams, called hitches, boarded at different locations, but their official home is in St. Louis, Mo., at the Anheuser-Busch brewery complex.

While the Clydesdales are in Plymouth, L. Knife & Son will supply the feed the horses require. Each hitch horse can consume as much as 20 to 25 quarts of whole grains, minerals and vitamins, 50 to 60 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day.

After arriving in Plymouth Monday, Nov. 16, the Clydesdales will be available for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, housed inside a large tent in the parking lot at East Bay Grille.

The full team will also participate in a Downtown Plymouth Stroll from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, stopping at restaurants, bars and liquor stores to drop off cases of beer to L. Knife & Son customers, some of which are selling parade postcards for $1 with all proceeds to benefit the celebration. The full team will make an appearance at Pioppi’s liquor store, located at Benny’s Plaza on Court Street in Plymouth, from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. Pioppi’s is celebrating another special anniversary – its 75 years in business.

A series of one-horse shows at local liquor stores Wednesday, Nov. 18, includes stops at Harmony Two in Halifax from 1 to 2 p.m., Jamie’s Fine Wine & Spirits in Carver from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Muckey’s Liquor in Lakeville from 4 to 5 p.m.

Also, one of the Clydesdales will appear outside Memorial Hall from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, prior to that night’s free patriotic concert as part of America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration.

Clydesdale appearances

· Public viewing, Clydesdale tent, East Bay Grille parking lot, Plymouth, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 17-20

· Downtown Stroll, Plymouth, 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19

· Pioppi’s 75th anniversary, Plymouth, 2-4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20

· One-horse show: Harmony Two, Halifax, 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18

· One-horse show: Jamie’s Find Wine & Spirits, Carver, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18

· One-horse show: Muckey’s Liquor, Lakeville, 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18

· One-horse show: Memorial Hall, Plymouth, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20