COSTA MESA The ground was shaking as eight Clydesdales adorned with flowered manes and jeweled harnesses hauled a red Studebaker wagon with two drivers and a Dalmatian on top through the busy walkways of the OC Fair.
Adults and children stopped and stared at the gentle 2,000-pound, 6-foot-tall giants.
“I don’t know how many people out there today got to see their American icon,” Budweiser hitch supervisor and wagon driver Doug Bousselot said after the horses ended their walk on Sunday evening, Aug. 6. “It’s a tradition and it’s kind of neat. We have grandparents showing their grandkids and saying they remember when they got a chance to see them with their parents.”
For the duration of the fair, through Sunday, Aug. 13, the iconic horses will make the trek from 5 to 6 p.m., parading from the livestock area to the Carnival and Visual Arts buildings, to between the Crafter’s Village/Plaza Pacifica and the products buildings, then onto Arlington Drive and back into their stalls.
The few stops they make, of course, are at the booths and restaurants selling Budweiser.
Fair-goer Tracy Neidel, 52, followed the horses from the livestock area for about half of the parade.
“I love horses and this is such a historical event,” said Neidel of Long Beach. “Everyone knows the Budweiser horses, so it’s great to see them in person for the first time. I always loved the commercials.”
She said she couldn’t get enough of them.
“I had no idea how much they weigh or how…