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Britt Draft Horse Show is Sept. 2-4

BRITT, Iowa — The Britt Draft Horse Show will be Sept. 2-4 at the Hancock County fairgrounds in Britt.

The show will feature 18 of the finest six-horse hitches in the United States and Canada, representing the best of the Belgian, Percheron, and Clydesdale performance horses. Hitches from Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Nova Scotia, Canada, will participate.

The grandstand shows, held Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m., provide entertainment for all ages. Competition is held in the men's and ladies cart, team, unicorn, 4-horse, and 6-horse hitch classes. At the Sunday show, the Supreme 6-horse hitch will be chosen and all 18 6-horse hitches return to the arena at once in the Classic Series Six-Horse hitch class. Events also include junior classes, a driving competition, 8-horse hitch class and halter classes.

The Britt Draft Horse Show is one of the qualifying shows on the Classic Series show circuit. More than 175 hitch owners travel across the United States and Canada each year to perform at state fairs and agricultural exhibitions to accumulate points for the Classic Series.

The show was first organized in 1982 when a group of local draft horse enthusiasts felt it would be an interesting and unique-type of performance. With the help of two local industries, who helped design and build the portable stalls for the horses, the first show was held Labor Day weekend 1982.

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The fairgrounds open at 7 a.m. each day and the public is invited to come early to have a chance to wander through the barns and visit the crews. Spectators are also invited to visit the commercial building, which has booths offering everything from souvenir T-shirts and commemorative belt buckles, model hitches, ceramics and gift items, paintings and prints, livestock equipment, and many other items. Food is offered on the grounds and camping facilities are also available.

Admission for Friday is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $8 for adults, $1 for children age 6 through 12, and children age 5 and under are free.

For more information, call (641) 843-4181, (515) 928-2589 or (641) 843-4376 or go to www.brittdrafthorseshow.com .

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