Well, Pony Express 2018 is in the books! Photos are available on our Facebook page. There are still a few t-shirts available for $15 each. Contact the chamber if you are interested in continuing to celebrate our 50 year anniversary.
CHILI COOK-OFF: We had an amazing turnout for the Chili Cook-off on Wednesday, May 30. There were 10 participants and over 400 people in attendance. We would like to thank all who made this event a true success. This was our first year to hold an outdoor cook-off and we look forward to continuing with this event in 2019. Thank you to McKinleyville Shopping Center for providing a perfect location for the outdoor cook-off with ample indoor seating for attendees.
FIREMAN'S MINI-MUSTER: Arcata, Blue Lake, Fieldbrook and Fortuna Fire Department personnel volunteered their time to perform a Hose Relay and Bucket Brigade contest. The MC shared some of the history of firefighting and how muster's began. Many community members were there cheering for their favorite teams. Thank you to McKinleyville Little League for hosting the "Snack Bar" for this event.
BARN DANCE: Azalea Hall was transformed into a barn on Friday evening for the first indoor barn dance. Those who attended enjoyed listening to Lone Star Junction while visiting the Six Rivers Saloon and McKinleyville Schools Parent Teacher Organizations scrumptious snack bar.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Hungry patrons from far and near enjoyed the pancake breakfast hosted by the Dow's Prairie Grange members on Saturday morning.
50TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE: Pony Express would not be the same without the well attended parade. Hundreds of people lined up along Central Avenue to watch approximately 50 entries while celebrating 50 years! Thank you to Mad River Rotary for organizing the parade and traffic control at the intersections to safeguard the participants as well as the spectators. We would also like to thank McKinleyville & Eureka SCOP and McKinleyville Youth Football for assisting with traffic control at the intersections.
PONY EXPRESS FESTIVAL: Pierson Park was the place to be on Saturday from Noon to 4pm. Over 40 vendors offered their wares. Many local crafters offered their unique products while others offered their tasty treats. There were a wide variety of children's activities along with a tour of the fire station and a Coast Guard Helicopter. The live music was provided by TAXI, out of Willow Creek.
Pony Express Days is an annual event that depends on the support of our local businesses and community members. The McKinleyville Chamber would like to thank all of our monetary and in-kind donors who helped to make the 50th Anniversary Celebration one to remember.