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.