The famous Budweiser Clydesdales will make several appearances in the area during the Sturgis Rally, including during Thursday night's Summer Nights in downtown Rapid City.

The eight-horse hitch will be based at the entrance to the Buffalo Chip Campground, and will travel to various events and venues throughout the week of the rally.

Appearances by the Clydesdales during the rally are among hundreds made annually by the traveling hitches. 

The requirements to be a Budweiser Clydesdale are very stringent, according to a press release.

The horse must be at least three years-old, stand approximately six feet at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, be bay in color, have four white legs, have a blaze of white on the face and have a black mane and tail. They are also chosen for a gentle temperament, because they must interact with many people.

The schedule for the horses:

Aug. 1: Summer Nights in Rapid City 5-6 p.m.

Aug. 2: EAFB 2-3 p.m. at Dakota’s Club

Aug. 3: Available for viewing 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Buffalo Chip

Aug. 4: Available for viewing 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Buffalo Chip

Aug. 5: Sturgis Mayors Ride 8-9 a.m.

Aug. 6: Glenco Camp Resort 6-9 p.m.

Aug. 7: One Horse at Full Throttle 2:30-4 p.m.

Aug. 8: Parade Through Buffalo Chip Camp 7-9 p.m.

Aug. 9: Spearfish Friday Nights

Aug. 10: Available for viewing 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Buffalo Chip

Aug. 11: Available for viewing 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Buffalo Chip

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Summer Nights
Summer Nights

They will also be escorted thru downtown Rapid City at approximately 6:30. The route will take them east on St Joseph to 5th Street, over to Main Street stopping briefly at Main Street Square. They will return to Summer Nights via 7th Street.

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