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Budweiser Clydesdales Appear in Antigo

A piece of Americana has made its way to Langlade County.

Chances are you've seen the Budweiser Clydesdales in TV commercials.

Now you have the chance to see them up close and personal at the Langlade County fair in Antigo.

"A lot of people are excited to see the horses, they are an icon and they're world famous," said Langlade fair coordinator Rhonda Klement.  "We got 10 celebrities for what we would've had to pay for one."

This year marks the 125th of this 4-H fair which typically draws about 25,000 visitors, but this year, because of the horses.. fair organizers expect 10,000 more than usual.

"I think they appreciate it more in these places, where it's rural, and everybody can kind of relate to the horses," said Clydesdale handler Travis Houser.

Budweiser Clydesdales are selectively chosen… including for size.

They ask that the hooves to the top of the shoulders be at least 18 hands, or six feet tall.

Once selected-- these horses are treated like royalty.

"These horses are probably treated better than a lot of people are treated," Houser said.  "They get the best of all treatments."

The Budweiser Clydesdales date back to the end of prohibition, when the head of Budweiser brewing traveled the country on a promotional tour and delivered a case of beer to the White House.

The beer wagon tradition carries on today with three groups of Budweiser Clydesdales.

Six crew members care for the horses and their buddy, a dalmatian named King.

Their journeys keep them on the road for 10 months out of the year, but they don't seem to mind.

"They are world-renowned horses, working with these horses, it's basically a great job," Houser said. 

You can check out the horses for yourself at the Fairgrounds in Antigo now through Sunday.

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