Hashknife Riders Coming

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Sugar waits for Hashknife Pony Express rider Chuck Jackman to say when it’s time to hit the trail.

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Justace Duncan (left) and Triston Warren reach as far as they can to touch Sugar.

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Sydney Samuels was lucky enough to snatch an example of a poster that is modeled after the original Pony Express recruiting posters.

The Rim Country has several opportunities to welcome the return of the Hashknife Pony Express riders to the community.

The festivities started last week with a visit to Pine School by Chuck Jackman and Matt McRae, two of the local members of the Hashknife gang.

Similar visits are being made to Payson schools this week: Frontier Elementary will have a visit at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21, while Payson Elementary and Julia Randall Elementary are both getting visits Jan. 23. The PES visit is at 9 a.m. and students at Julia Randall will have their program at 1:30 p.m. at Green Valley Park.

Grown-ups can party with the Hashknife riders later Friday, Jan. 23. The annual Chamber Mixer for the Hashknife Pony Express riders is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Bar & Grill, at the corner of East Bonita Street and Beeline. The fee is $3 for chamber members and $5 for non-members.

The fun continues between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. as Junction 87 provides live musical entertainment.

You don’t have to attend a school program or the mixer to take part in the 2009 re-enactment.

There are special Hashknife Pony Express letter/envelopes available at the Payson post office for $2 until Jan. 26. Fill them out, stamp and return to the post office by Jan. 26 for a special 2009 Hashknife Pony Express cancellation stamp. These are available at both the Payson and Pine post offices and the chamber office.

Riders re-enacting the Pony Express will be in Payson at the Rim Country Mall for photos at about 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28. The riders will make their run and arrive at the Payson post office at about 4:45 p.m.

At the post office, the riders will sign autographs and be available for photos. Following the festivities there will be a banquet and dance, with the Hashknife Band performing, at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28.

Other presentations planned by representatives of the Hashknife gang include: Payson Rotary, 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant; KMOG Radio, 9 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 22; Payson Town Hall for a proclamation, 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22; Pine post office, 2:30 p.m.

There was also a visit to Payson High School’ special education class Jan. 20.

The specially canceled Pony Express mail leaves the Payson post office at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 29.

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