Visitors to the Sandusky County Fair Thursday, Aug. 26 are likely to run into Mark, Tom or Bud. These guys are not your distant relatives or long-lost friends – though they’ll likely be at the fair too.
Mark, Tom and Bud are few of the eight Clydesdale draft horses that will be pulling the Budweiser beer wagon from 1 to 4 p.m.
Through the efforts of fair board directors and sponsorship by Maple City Ice - the area’s Anheuser-Busch distributor - three customized 50-foot semis will arrive at the fairgrounds Thursday morning. On board will be the Budweiser Clydesdales, their red, white and gold hitch wagon, handlers, grooms - and yes - even a Dalmatian. Upon their arrival, the horses, gear and wagon will be unloaded. Each of the eight horses will have their 130-pound harness placed on them, and be hitched - one at a time - to the show wagon. According to John Hipp, of Maple City Ice, watching the handlers and grooms prepare and harness the horses is a show in itself. After being harnessed and hitched, the team will be driven through the fairgrounds and will be available for fairgoers to see first-hand. Maple City Ice has sponsored the Budweiser Clydesdales in their sales territory in past years, but Hipp was quick to point out, the hitch team has never visited the Fremont area before. Hipp added, Thursday’s visit to Fremont will be th
e only one in Northwest Ohio, other than making an appearance Saturday at Put-in-Bay.
Fair director Martin Jay says this is an exciting event for the county fair, and hopes it will be a big hit. While public rides on the wagon will not be offered, this will be a perfect opportunity and a rare happening to see the proud and prestigious Budweiser Clydesdales.
Jay also added that Thursday is Senior Citizens and Veterans' Day at the fair, which runs Aug. 24-29 at the county fairgrounds, located at 901 Rawson, Fremont.
Fair hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
This year’s grandstand shows include Grand Cavalcade and Livestock Parade, and King and Queen presentation on Tuesday; The Menu’s on Wednesday; Brews Brothers Demo Derby on Thursday; Ohio State Sanctioned Tractor Pull on Friday; Rodney Atkins in concert on Saturday (call 419-332-5604 or 419-333-0043 for tickets); and S.C.R.A.P Tractor Pull and Brews Brothers Demo Derby on Sunday.
Visit www.sanduskycountyfair.com for a complete schedule of events and more information.