Pony Express Days

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.


Vendor Application
Vendor Guidelines
Vendor Checklist
Temporary Food Facility Permit Application
Arcata Fire District Food Booth/Street Vendor Requirements

Chili Cook-Off Entry Form

Parade Entry Form

Horseshoe Tournament Entry Form

Sponsorship Form

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 PerkinsBest Band/Group ~ Arcata Elementary After School K-Kids
Best Float ~ Miller Farms Nursery
Best Equestrian ~ Blue Lake Saddle Club
Best Overall Parade Entry ~ HealthSPORT