Hashknife Riders En Route

Relish rowdiness, honor tradition of the Pony Express


Members of the Hashknife Pony Express will arrive at the Payson Post Office around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Members of the Hashknife Pony Express will arrive at the Payson Post Office around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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It’s Hashknife time. The 55th Annual Hashknife Pony Express comes to Payson Wednesday, Jan. 30.

You can bet Rim Country youngsters are already looking forward to some rowdy times. The children learned about the annual event Jan. 9 when riders visited area schools.

Pony Express drawings from Rim school children are in the post offices in both Payson and Pine this week. This year, organizers of the program had judges (the postal workers) award the best efforts in each class with blue, red and white ribbons. The honors will be displayed along with the prize-winning pictures.

Riders are expected at the Payson Post Office around 4:45 p.m., Jan. 30.

A dinner for the Hashknife riders is planned that evening at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, 600 E. Highway 260, Payson. A social hour is set from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the roast beef buffet dinner following at 7 p.m. There will be more socializing at the Oxbow afterward.

The cost for the dinner is $20 per person and seating is limited; there is no charge for the Oxbow portion of the evening. For tickets, call Bonnie at (928) 951-6536.

The riders will leave from the Payson Post Office at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31 and head to Scottsdale where they ceremonially lead the annual Parada del Sol.

On the average, three-dozen members of the posse go on the ride. Their route takes them through Holbrook, Heber, Payson, and side trip to Pine, Sunflower, Rye and Scottsdale.

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