Clydesdales coming to Turkey Creek Dec. 1

The majestic Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Turkey Creek.

They will be the main attraction from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in the JCPenney parking lot along Parkside drive in an event tri-sponsored by JCPenney, Turkey Creek and WIVK.

Those attending can have pictures taken with the horses and also enjoy live music with The Tenos, hot chocolate and food vendors, among the holiday offerings.

“We wanted to bring the Budweiser Clydesdales to town to help kick off the Christmas season and host a fun event for families,” said Jennifer Johnsey, WIVK promotions director. “The horses are so beautiful and intriguing.”

“We have never done an event like this before,” she added. “This is our first time hosting an event with the Clydesdales. We are so honored to have them here.”

“We are excited to sponsor this event and be able to bring this exciting event to our customers in Farragut. We hope to see them all shopping with us this Christmas season,” JCPenney general manager Michelle Austin said.

In addition to Turkey Creek, the Clydesdales also will appear at Food City in Maryville Thursday, Dec. 2, and Gatlinburg’s Christmas Parade Friday, Dec. 3.

The Budweiser Clydesdales — which made their first ever appearance April 7, 1933, to celebrate the repeal of prohibition — had been a gift from Adolphous and August Busch Jr. for their father, August Busch Sr. The horses have been a symbol of not only the brand, but also “America’s great industrial spirit” ever since, according to the company website.

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