The famous Budweiser Clydesdales made a stopover on August 27 in Amherst to the delight of the whole town.
Sherri Kamnikar, assistant manager of Main Street Amherst, said they were also having a vendor fair and car show as part of the day with the suggestion of the Budweiser team that came out.
It turned out to be the perfect day for this event also in terms of weather.
Kamnikar said people had been queuing downtown to see the unhitching for several hours.
“It’s huge (for the Budweiser Clydesdales) to come,” Kamnikar said.
The horses were in Amherst for the first time and were very well received by everyone, she said.
“The people at Budweiser have been phenomenal and we really appreciate them choosing our city,” said Teresa Giles, Executive Director of Main Street Amherst.
Amherst Police Sgt. Jacob Perez said it’s been by far the busiest downtown since before COVID-19, when Amherst had Dancing on Main Street.
The Clydesdales and the Budweiser team recreated what they did in the early days of the company by delivering beer by horse-drawn cart to restaurants.
To be chosen as Clydesdales, horses must meet strict qualifications.
Each horse must be between five and 15 years old, at least 18 hands tall, or about six feet at the withers, and bear the four signature Budweiser Clydesdale markings: a white blaze on the face, four white footed stockings with a mane and tail black.
The team is also traveling with a purebred Dalmatian, the one who took the wagon on August 27 was named Barely.
“It’s really good for historic downtown and I’m thrilled to be able to ride the cart while they parade. I’ve been with Maple City (Ice) for 35 years and I’m happy to be a part of it. said Jeff Miller of Maple City Ice.
Maple City Ice rented the horses for a week and it was one of their stops in Lorain County.
The parade route snaked up Park Ave to Five Points, down Cleveland Ave and cut across Forest St. before returning downtown for a delivery.