New activities have been added but the Pony Express Day celebration in Clarkston, which is coming up this weekend, is still centered around the historic Pony Express ride of 1860 where relays of men rode horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2000-mile trail and only one mail delivery was ever lost.
Nathan Whiting, member of the Clarkston City Council and celebration chairman, says this is the 33rd annual Pony Express Day celebration and it begins Friday evening, June 26th and continues all day Saturday, June 27th.
“We still hold the horse race every year,” Whiting says. “Locations have moved but the main part of the event is teams of four horsemen ride a three mile course and race to deliver the mail fastest.”
Whiting says one of the newer events is the mud run which has been almost as popular as the Town Council dunk tank. There’s a parade Saturday at 10 a.m. and among the other popular activities are the ultimate bubble ball, gunsight gallery and a mud run.