The 62nd Annual Hashknife Pony Express will ride through Fountain Hills on February 6th, but this year’s event will be unlike any we’ve experienced in the past.
Every February, they make a 200-mile journey from Holbrook, Arizona to Scottsdale, Arizona. They carry 20,000 pieces of official U.S. mail on horseback to be delivered at post offices along the way. More than two dozen riders dressed in authentic cowboy attire are led by the Navajo County Hashknife Sheriff’s Possee. Each rider is sworn in as an honorary mail messenger.
SPECIAL 50th ANNIVERSARY EVENT
In the past, the riders quickly made their way up Avenue of the Fountains while local spectators cheered them on. They quickly made their delivery of official mail to the Fountain Hills Post Office before continuing to Scottsdale.
This year will be extra special as part of our town’s “Fountain at 50” celebration throughout 2020.
After the mail at the Post Office, the riders will head to the Museum and Library parking lot for this one-of-a-kind event. They will deliver letters to Mayor Ginnie Dickey from several towns around the Valley congratulating Fountain Hills on our fountain’s 50th anniversary. She will read excerpts from a few of them. These letters will become part of the town’s “Fountain at 50” exhibit.
The riders will stay until about 4:30 PM, allowing guests time to get photos with them.
ACTIVITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Western singer Jim Doeden will be performing live, Reigning Grace Ranch will bring a few of the ponies they have rescued, and there will be a Western-themed photo booth. There will be a food truck on-site, which is perfect for grabbing dinner before you go home.
The event begins at 3:00 PM, but the horses are expected to arrive at 3:30, giving students a chance to get there after school without missing their arrival. Students at Fountain Hills Middle School learned the history of the Pony Express at school last week and created Pony Express posters. The posters will be on exhibit at the Post Office and the River of Time Museum starting this Friday until February 8th.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Riders arrive at 3:30 PM
Fountain Hills Library/River of Time Museum parking lot
(corner of La Montana Drive & El Lago Drive)
CLICK HERE to download pdf of flyer.
INTERVIEW WITH CAPTAIN MARK REYNOLDS
Two years ago, we sat down with Captain Mark Reynolds to have him share the Hashknife Express history and what it took to get the mail across such long distances.