Hundreds of people lined the street downtown Friday for the opportunity to be photographed with the Budweiser Clydesdales, who made their final stop in Pine Bluff at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.

Hundreds of people lined the street downtown Friday for the opportunity to be photographed with the Budweiser Clydesdales, who made their final stop in Pine Bluff at the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.


In celebration of their 81st anniversary with Anheuser-Busch, the world-renowned horses made stops at several events in Jefferson County, including White Hall Founder’s Day festivities and the Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce Farmers’ Appreciation fish fry at Hestand Stadium.


The Arts & Science Center used the horses’ presence as an opportunity to solicit the community’s help in ‘filling the wagons’ with canned goods to be donated to Neighbor to Neighbor.


Lenore Shoults, executive director of the Arts & Science Center, was excited that the center was able to share in this event with the community, as well as, help an agency whose services are vital to the Jefferson County area.


"I have never seen them before and I just can’t believe they are here in the community and I can’t believe they brought them to the Arts & Science Center. I am just thrilled," Shoults said.


Shoults said it was Nick Makris’ love for the Arts & Science Center and his knowledge of the challenges that Neighbor to Neighbor faces that brought the horses to the center. Makris is vice president of sales for M.K. Distributors, which is a distributor for Anheuser-Busch and requested the horses come to the area.


"Nick Makris is on our board and Nick has known Charlotte (England) since he was a little boy so he knows the need at Neighbor to Neighbor, and he of course loves the Arts and Science Center," Shoults said.


"So they put the two together. I believe that we will have a huge amount of food for Neighbor to Neighbor and you can see how much fun this is," she said.


The amount of food was evident as people dropped their donations into the wagons that lined the steps of the Arts & Science Center and made their way to take photos with the horses. People, both young and old, stood in amazement of the beauty of the animals.


Corliss Jasper was excited to get the opportunity to see the Clydesdales.


"They are so pretty. This is the first time I have seem them in real life," she said.


A young boy sitting on his father’s shoulders was in awe of the horses as he asked his dad, "How do they know where to go?"


Lashaun McFadden, director of Katherine’s Little Angels Adult Day Care Center, and Shanika Kennedy, assistant, said they are trying to take their clients on outings to get them away from the building and having the Clydesdales come to town was a "perfect opportunity to get out and about."


"This is my first time ever seeing them (Clydesdales)," Kennedy said.


The Clydesdales made their final stop in the county Saturday as they served as the grand marshals in the White Hall Founder’s Day Parade.