Hundreds of people turned out to see the rare, black-and-white Clydesdales brought in by Express Employment Professionals to downtown Conway on Tuesday.
Attendees had the opportunity to ride in a horse-drawn carriage powered by two of the Clydesdales, which stand about 6 feet tall at the shoulders and weigh more than 2,000 pounds each.
A third Clydesdale was on hand for event goers to pet and take photos with.
Siblings Macoy, 4, Makenna, 5, and Shelby, 11, admired the horses while waiting in line to ride in the carriage.
“I can’t wait to feel them,” Makenna said. “I like horses; they’re my favorite animal.”
Express Employment Front Office Coordinator Madeline McDonald told the Log Cabin Democrat that Express Corporation has a farm in Oklahoma with about 20 of the horses they transport to Express locations for community events.
McDonald said the company didn’t have an exact count of attendees to Tuesday’s event but that “more than 600 snow cones were given out, so that’s our best guess.”
Kona Ice wasn’t the only refreshment available. Event goers were also offered free grilled hot dogs, chips and bottled water. Donations were accepted, and the proceeds benefitted the Conway Downtown Partnership, of which Express Employment is a member.
“We like to keep downtown beautiful,” McDonald said of how the company chose to give the donations to CDP. “It’s an organization that near and dear to our hearts.”
She said donations totaled around $230.