The Budweiser Clydesdales for three days were the biggest attraction in Jefferson County.

The Budweiser Clydesdales for three days were the biggest attraction in Jefferson County.


The world-renowned horses appeared at several events in Jefferson County, including White Hall Founder’s Day festivities and the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas.


The Clydesdales were grand marshals for the 50th annual White Hall Founder’s Day Parade and were instantly a crowd favorite.


The horses were available for viewing at many different events in exchange for canned food items or toys for Neighbor to Neighbor and the White Hall Food Pantry.


These was the first time the Clydesdales had been in Jefferson County in more than 10 years.


Staff at M.K. Distributors Inc. in Pine Bluff requested the Clydesdales come for Founders Day. M.K. Distributors are a distributor for Anheuser-Busch.


"We requested them some months ago," M.K. Distributors President Duke Fakouri said. "We wanted to bring something positive to the community. The Clydesdales are a American icon, and it’s a rarity that you are able to see them."


The Clydesdales breed originated more than 300 years ago in Clydesdale, Scotland. Clydesdales were developed for farm work and are capable of pulling a one-ton load at five mph, according to www.budweiser.com.


According to www.budweiser.com the Budweiser Clydesdales made their fist appearance on April 7, 1993, as a gift from the Busch brothers to their father to celebrate the repeal of Prohibition. The site says that the presentation of the original six Clysdesdales moved the father to tears. They Clydesdales would later be used to deliver the first case of beer to the White House after prohibition was lifted.


Nowadays the Budweiser Clydesdales are usually 10 horses pulling a turn-of-the-century beer wagon with a driver and a Dalmatian. The Budweiser Clydesdales have become world-renowned horses and have been used in many Budweiser Super Bowl commercials.


On their last day in Jefferson County, the famous Budweiser Clydesdales pulled their wagon, driver and Dalmatian through the streets of White Hall to awe and delight of many.


"The horses were beautiful," Clydine Davis said. "They were definitely one of the best parts of the parade."