Pony Express Days

Who is ready for the Pony Express festival? Plans are coming together for the 51st year in a row!

Here is this years line up:

Thursday, May 23: Pony Express Kick-off Mixer at 5:30pm. Join us at Heather Vina - State Farm on Sutter Road for the official Kick-off for the 2019 Pony Express! Click HERE to register to attend.

Wednesday, May 29: Fireman's Mini-Muster in Pierson Park at 6pm. Bring your lawn chair and witness local fire department personnel competing in some much loved competitions. 

Thursday, May 30Chili Cook-off starting at 5:30pm in the McKinleyville Shopping Center. Plan to join us for our recently revamped chili cook-off. Participants will put their cooking skills to the test in this outdoor, on-site cook-off! So if you think you have the BEST chili recipe, we want to see you out there cooking! Click HERE for registration form.

Friday, May 31: Six Rivers Brewery will be hosting the Pony Express Dance this year. So ride on up to the top of the hill to join in the dance festivities from 8pm to Midnight! Lone Star Junction will be rocking the house! $5 at the door.

Saturday, June 1:

PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The Dow's Prairie Grange will be hosting a pancake breakfast in Azalea Hall from 8 to 10:30am. Hungry patrons can enjoy tasty pancakes accompanied by sausage and eggs to start your day prepared. Large breakfast is $7, small is $5 and children 3 and under eat for free.

PONY EXPRESS PARADE: Pony Express would not be the same without the well attended parade. Mad River Rotary will once again be taking the reins organizing the parade. Participants will sign in at McKinleyville High School starting at 9am. The parade begins at 11am at the corner of Central and Murray traveling south and ending at School Road. Judges and announcers will be at Coast Central Credit Union. There will also be Lemonade Stands along the parade route! Click HERE for the parade application.

PONY EXPRESS FESTIVAL: Pierson Park will be the place to be from noon to 4pm! Live music by TAXI along with youth activities, food/craft/informational booths, horseshoe tournament, fire station open house, Coast Guard helicopter and the famous Pony Express Saloon featuring beverages provided by Six Rivers Brewery. Winners of the parade will be announced at 3pm! Click HERE for the vendor packet. Click HERE for the horseshoe tournament registration.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE: Pony Express Days is an annual event that depends on the support of our local businesses and community members. In order to not have to charge entry fees for the festival, parade, children's activities and the horseshoe tournament, we are soliciting the participation of sponsors. This is a great way to advertise your business and support a much loved community event. Click HERE for a list of sponsorship opportunities available for the 2019 event! Thank you for your consideration.

Saturday & Sunday, June 1 & 2:

GYMKHANA: Join us that the Kjer Rodeo Grounds at 9am both days to witness competative games on horeback. This event is sponsored by the McKinleyville Rodeo Association.