The Budweiser Clydesdales will be in Bourne later this month.
The celebrated horse team will be in Buzzards Bay Park from Tuesday, August 19, to Sunday, August 24. Residents are invited to view the horses and learn about their history and tradition.
Cape Cod Canal Regional Chamber of Commerce president Marie J. Oliva appeared before the Bourne Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, August 5, to request approval of a permit for the event. The permit includes setting up a 100x60-foot tent that will house the horses while they are here.
“We thought Buzzards Bay Park would be a great place to have tours for children and families,” she said.
Ms. Oliva said that on August 21, during the chamber’s Eastern Bank Concert in the Park series featuring the band Infractions, the horses will be dressed in full regalia, hitched up and taken for a couple of spins around the park.
L. Knife & Sons, a beer brewer from Kingston that is a sponsor of the annual Bourne Scallop Fest, had contacted the chamber of commerce about bringing the Clydesdales to Bourne, Ms. Oliva said. The horses tower over 6 feet high and weigh between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds. There will be about a dozen of the horses on view, Ms. Oliva said.
She also assured selectmen that the area in Buzzards Bay Park where the tent is set up and the horses are on display will be re-seeded once the event is over. Town administrator Thomas M. Guerino added that the town will hold L. Knife & Sons responsible for making sure the re-seeding is effective.
The permit request included stipulations that a plan for the tent set up with details for fire lanes and public access be filed with the Bourne Fire Department. The fire department would make an assessment for fire and EMS needs and protection. In addition, the Bourne Police Department requested it be consulted to assess the need for a police detail, and the Bourne Board of Health approved “as long as there is a proper manure management plan and all issues of odor and flies are addressed."
Board members unanimously approved the permit request dependent upon the individual departmental requirements being met.