Clarkston celebrates Pony Express Days

Despite having the name Pony Express Days, Clarkston Councilmember Dan Cooper said the town celebration “does not intend to celebrate or romanticize the Pony Express in any way.”The celebration was started 28 years ago with the creation of a horse relay race in Weston Canyon, Cooper said. Each 10-member team took turns riding the 30-mile relay, passing a saddle bag from one rider on the team to another. They called the race the Pony Express Race, and because of that Clarkston adopted Pony Express Days as the name of its celebration.The celebration starts Friday, June 18, with a turkey shoot at the Clarkston Gravel Pit. That evening at 9:30, a movie will be shown at the park.The festivities continue on Saturday, June 19, starting with a flag-raising ceremony at 7 a.m. This year’s relay race begins at the Clarkston Cemetary at 9 a.m. Other activities include a parade at 11 a.m., a vintage car show at noon, kids’ games, a fireman’s soak and others. The celebration ends with a dinner at 6:30 and entertainment at 7:30 p.m.The bounce houses, barnyard fun activities and kids’ games require a wristband for participation, which cost $4 per child.-

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