The adventurous, romantic spirit of the Old West will come alive this week and next as the Navajo County Hashknife Sheriff’s Posse once again re-enacts its version of the Pony Express rides.
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 had a visit 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.
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 Jan. 28, a special cowboy dinner will be held at the Buffalo Bar & Grill.