Clydesdales to trot in Westminster for second time


The famous Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales, along with the red Budweiser beer wagon, will make their second appearance in Westminster in seven months from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Carroll County Farm Museum.

The "gentle giants" came to Carroll County last August, when some 5,000 visitors of all ages crammed the museum grounds to see the horses.

But even with the success of last summer's show, Farm Museum officials were taken by surprise when they were asked if they'd like to have the team back again.

"They'll be in town for Orioles Opening Day and they had this down time, so they contacted Phil Eckard of Bees Distributing and he called and I said, 'Are you kidding? Of course,' " said Dottie Freeman, administrative marketing specialist for the Farm Museum.

It was through the efforts of Mr. Eckard that the Clydesdales came to the Farm Museum for their first visit last year. Bees, of Finksburg, is an Anheuser-Busch distributor.

As before, visitors will be able to take their own pictures, or they can have their photo taken with the horses for $2, with proceeds going to a local charity.

Admission to the grounds is free for the day's event.

The Farm Museum gates will open at noon, but the museum buildings will be closed. With some idea of the crowd size this time, the Farm Museum plans to be more organized than last year, with controlled parking and security.

"We're encouraging people to come early and park and watch the horses getting hitched up and ready for the parade," Ms. Freeman said.

Watching the eight huge horses being hitched up to the beer wagon -- a show in itself -- takes almost an hour. After parading around the parking lot, the team will enter the museum grounds, stopping for pictures at intervals.

Huge though they are, these animals are specially chosen for docility if they are to join the Budweiser hitches, which make 300 appearances annually around the country.

"For such a thing to come here a second time is really an honor," Ms. Freeman said.

NB The Farm Museum is at 500 S. Center St. Information: 848-7775.

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