There is a favorite icon located in Deer Lodge, Montana, that has become faded and worn out. The nine-foot tall statue is made out of fiberglass and has taken on a very weathered appearance. It is the big-as-life Clydesdale for the Big Sky Draft Horse Expo that welcomes visitors to the area. Clyde, as he is called by the locals, has been in his place of honor since March of 2005 when he took his position on top of the four-foot concrete pedestal.
Clyde was erected after Betty Hadley, a member of the event’s organizing committee, worked up enthusiasm in Deer Lodge for the statue and the black and gold welcome sign. Clyde was put in place through the cooperation of numerous organizations and individuals.
It was so exciting when ‘Clyde’ was welded into place, That big beautiful horse is a gorgeous thing and I’m confident we should be able to raise enough money to refurbish him.”
The townsfolk are sponsoring a fundraising raffle. Prizes are coming together and presently include a weekend for two at Fairmont Hot Springs, a western-design quilt and a leather canteen bearing a silhouette likeness of Clyde. Tickets can be purchased for $2 each or six for $10. Tickets are available from Dayna Gilman, Betty Hadley and Barb Johnson locally or contact the Town Hall.
Plans are to hold the drawing during the 18th Annual Big Sky Draft Horse Expo to be held on September 14-15 at the Deer Lodge fairgrounds. Raffle ticket holders do not need to be present to win.
Source: Montana Standard
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