Pick up a copy of the May 30, 2012 edition of the McKinleyville Press for more details about Pony Express Days. There’s also an article about the history of the event.
Wednesday, May 30
5:30 p.m. – Fourth Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off at the McKinleyville Activity Center, Pierson Park. Diners will be charged $8 for a bread bowl, $6 for a regular soup bowl or $4 for a kids bowl. Chowders made by professional and amateur cooks. You get to judge which chowders are the best.
Thursday, May 31
5:30 p.m. – Pony Express Days Firemen’s Muster at the Ray’s Food Place parking lot. Watch local firefighters compete in a bucket brigade and hose coupling relay. Free.
Friday, June 1
8 p.m. – Pony Express Dance at the Blue Lake Casino. 21 and over. $10. Wear your best boots and enter the boot contest.
Saturday, June 2
11 a.m. – Pony Express Days Parade. Starts at Mack High and travels south down Central Avenue to the Mill Creek Marketplace. Free.
Noon – 4 p.m. – Pony Express Festival at Pierson Park. Craft and food vendors. Beer Garden, barbecue and live music. Visit the McKinleyville Senior Center and McKinleyville Library for special sales and contests.
Sunday, June 3
All day – McKinleyville Rodeo Association Gymkhana at the McKinleyville Rodeo Grounds on Kjer Road. Take Central Avenue north. Kjer Road is on the west side of Central Avenue near the Clam Beach Inn. Take Kjer Road to the end.