Pony Express Days is a town celebration that was established in 1968, 2017 will mark the 49th Annual Celebration. It is a week long community event which includes a Chili Cook-off, Barn Dance, Pancake Breakfast and Saturday's Parade down Central Avenue that rolls right into the big Family Festival in Pierson Park with a horse shoe tournament as well as lots of fun free activities for the kids, food and craft vendors and of course the Pony Express Saloon. On Saturday & Sunday there is a Gymkhana, which is a series of competitive games on horseback. 2017 Pony Express Days will run from Wednesday May 31st thru Sunday, June 4th.
2016 Chili Cook Off Winners
Best Professional Chili ~ Bear River Casino
McKinleyville's Best Chili (amateur) ~ Moose Lodge
Best Team Name ~ Nor Cal Pet "Big Dog Chili"
Best Dressed Team ~ Bear River Casino
Best Booth ~ Bear River Casino
2016 Parade Winners
Best Youth Group ~ Cub Scouts Pac 95 in the Fieldbrook Fire Truck
Best Senior Group ~ Mad River Honor Guard
Best Car ~ Oliver Perkins
Best Band/Group ~ Arcata Elementary After School K-Kids
Best Float ~ Miller Farms Nursery
Best Equestrian ~ Blue Lake Saddle Club
Best Overall Parade Entry ~ HealthSPORT