Pony Express Days

Pony Express Days 2018 - A 50-year Celebration!

Pony Express Days is a town celebration that was established in 1968. This year will mark the 50th Annual Celebration.  It is a week long community event that includes a Chili Cook-off, Barn Dance, Pancake Breakfast, Parade down Central Avenue and culminates in the big Family Festival in Pierson Park, with a horse shoe tournament as well as lots of fun activities for the kids. There are also food and craft vendors and the Pony Express Saloon.  On Saturday & Sunday there is a Gymkhana, which is a series of competitive games on horseback. THE FIREMAN'S MUSTER IS BACK FOR THE 50-YEAR CELEBRATION!!

Chili Cook-off (Wednesday, May 30): To commemorate the 50-year celebration, we are shaking things up a bit. The Chili Cook-off will be an outdoor event for the first time! We have gleaned information from the Fortuna Chamber and are still working on all of the logistics, so stay tuned. All Chili will be cooked on-site, beginning at noon and the cook-off will start at 5:30 pm. Click HERE for the participant application.

Fireman's Muster (Thursday, May 31): Members of the Arcata Fire Department will be joined by other fire department personnel to participate in a Fireman's Muster. More information to come soon.

Barn Dance (Friday, June 1): We will be partnering with A & L Feed again this year to offer a barn dance.

Parade (Saturday, June 2): The participants will line up on Murray Rd., near the high school. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and run on Central Ave. from Murray Rd. to Anna Sparks Way. Click HERE for the participant application.

Festival (Saturday, June 2): The festival in Pierson Park will be from noon until 4 p.m. There will be vendors from near and far with a variety of items for sale. There will also be food and beverages and a kids corner with several activities for the youth. Click HERE for the vendor packet.

Sponsorship Opportunities: We also have opportunities to advertise your business by sponsoring portions of Pony Express. Click HERE to view those opportunities.