A world famous icon of the “King of Beers” will call the “King City” home during the week of the fourth annual King City Barbeque Showdown, which runs from June 9 through June 11 at the Rend Lake College MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon, Ill.
The Budweiser Clydesdales, sponsored by B&G Venegoni Distributing, are just one of many exciting attractions during the 2006 event. They’ll be sheltered beneath a whopping 120’ x 60’ tent on the lot directly across from the Rend Lake College MarketPlace on North Potomac Boulevard.
One of the strongest breeds of horses, Clydesdales are built to pull and maneuver heavy loads like the Budweiser wagon. However, to become a member of the prized Bud team, they’re required to meet some strict criteria. For example, they must be bay in color with a blaze of white on their faces, a black mane and tail with white feathering at their feet and legs.
Their strength comes from their impressive size. An adult will stand at least 72”, or six feet, at the shoulder and weigh in from 1,800 to 2,300 pounds. They become full grown at approximately four years of age.
Eight-horse teams will be hitched to parade from their stables at the MarketPlace, then south on Potomac to the main entrance of the Barbeque Showdown behind the Holiday Inn each day of the event. Times will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from noon until 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The KCBS hosted more than 10,000 visitors during last year’s event, and expect even more in 2006. Guests who’ve become accustomed to great food and entertainment during its brief history certainly won’t be disappointed this year. Planners have added a NASCAR Simulator, Wine Trail and Golf Simulator to the busy schedule that already includes the Crossroads Kakaoke Contest Finals, the PFS Volleyball Tournament and St. Mary’s / Good Samaritan Food Court.
The event is open from 5 p.m. until midnight Friday, noon until midnight Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Daily admission is only $5 per adult with children 11 and under free. Bring a specially marked can of Diet Mt. Dew and get $1 off the admission.
To reach the King City Barbeque Showdown, take Interstate 57 to Exit 95 (Mt. Vernon exit), turn west, drive briefly to Potomac Boulevard and turn right.