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Clydesdales a hit on hot summer day

July 16, 2007|by ASHLEY HARTMAN

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Budweiser Clydesdales paid a visit to Chambersburg on Sunday to strut their stuff and help other animals in need.

The event was part of a fundraiser by Chambersburg Beverage Inc. to benefit the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter.

The crowd gathered around to get a closer view and take pictures as eight horses were suited up and pulled a wagon down Orchard Road.

"I'm absolutely thrilled," said Jennifer Vanderau, director of communications for the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter. "Without this kind of support, we can't do what we need to do."

All of the proceeds from the event, through food and donations, will go to the animal shelter to help care for the 2,000 animals that come through the shelter's doors each year, she said.

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"We wanted to involve a local charity and we know the Cumberland Valley (Animal Shelter) needed resources," said Jackie Kimple, spokesperson for Chambersburg Beverage.

In addition to seeing the Clydesdales, the event offered picture-taking sessions with the hitched horses, a sampling of Chambersburg Beverage Inc. products and beverages, and raffles for prizes.

Jim Faust, who has seen Clydesdales in the past, brought his wife and two daughters to see them.

"(Madison) wants to see the horses pulling the wagon," Michelle Faust said of her 5-year-old daughter.

Although some people had seen the horses in the past, others like Dennis Flory were seeing them for the first time.

"My mom wanted to bring her grandson here," said Dennis Flory of his 2 1/2-year-old son, Carter. "One of his three favorite things are horses."

Andeurha Waters was impressed with the size of the Clydesdales and came to the event because she "heard about it and wanted to see how big they were."

Waters, of Tampa, Fla., was visiting Ella Sullen in Chambersburg.

"I think they are beautiful," Sullen said of the horses. "They're huge and they're gorgeous - all the work they do with the manes, braiding them."

Bud Carty has seen the Clydesdales before, but came to Sunday's event because "we wanted to bring my father-in-law, who used to work with horses."

The Clydesdales made an appearance in Gettysburg, Pa., Saturday night at a motorcycle event.

The Budweiser Clydesdales have not been to Chambersburg in four years, Kimple said.

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