Clydesdales at Maryville Food City Dec. 2

Betsi JamesBlount, Our Town Eats

Food City in Maryville will host the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at 1715 W Broadway, Maryville.

The eight-horse hitch will be pulling the famous red beer wagon. Other visits will be to the JCPenney store in Turkey Creek, 11534 Parkside Drive, 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1; and the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade in Gatlinburg, 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

Let me tell you, these horses are huge. Here are five quick facts about the Clydesdales:

  • The breed began in the early 19th century, along the River Clyde in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
  • The early Clydesdales quickly garnered attention as a breed more powerful than any breed available before. The horses were said to be able to pull loads heavier than a ton at a walking speed of five miles per hour.
  • In two daily meals, a Budweiser Clydesdale hitch horse will consume 20 to 25 quarts of feed, 50 to 60 pounds of hay, and up to 30 gallons of water.
  • Eight on the first-string, two on the bench. The Budweiser Clydesdales travel with three 50-foot trailers and 10 horses.
  • A Budweiser Clydesdale must stand at 18 hands (six feet) at the shoulder and typically weighs 2,000 pounds. They must be geldings, bay in color, have four white legs and a blaze of white on the face, as well as a black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is very important, as hitch horses meet millions of people each year.

Friends & Pets in Need is in its fourth year. Food City customers may purchase a bag of non-perishable food items or pet food products for $10. After buying the bag, customer deposits it in a barrel at front of store. Promotion runs through December.

Holiday hiring: Food City continues to hire for full- or part-time jobs, entry-level or skilled positions. Interested candidates, can apply online at or visit any Food City store to complete an application.

Betsi James is special events manager for Food City’s Knoxville and Chattanooga divisions.

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