By BLAKE FAITH
The 42nd Pony Express Days are approaching. The Pony Express Days are slated for August 17-20 and will look a little different than years prior.
“This is when the big rush kicks in,” Executive director Steve Williams said.We got the ground set up and the last minute details that need to be done, trophies picked up, shirts picked up, and a lot of last minute details, but it feels like we’re coming together, looking forward to having a carnival back this year.”
On Thursday, the carnival will be open from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. as well as on Friday, Floweezy will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The Hangovers will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Harlem Hayfield will close.
On Friday, the Matt Carter Band will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
On Saturday there will be Mud Volleyball from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ATV/4-Wheeler Mud Drags will be from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The carnival will be open from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Greg Bickers Band will perform from 4 p.m to 7 p.m. 99 Proof will perform from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Riverbottom Nightmare Band will close out the night from 9:30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.
On Sunday, there will be Mud Drags from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a bags tournament from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. with registration starting at 12 p.m. The Precious Baby Contest will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and registration will be from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
“I expect us to go back to what we had in 2021, which we missed in 2020 because of Covid and then we had 2021 and we were really surprised by the output there,” Williams said. “Last year the numbers were down because of no carnival, but I’m expecting to get back to at least 2021 numbers and ideally we’d like to get back to 2019. So somewhere, somewhere around nine to 10,000 people over the four days is what we like to see.”
Williams’ message to the community and readers is to come out and support the community. The Lions Club will be fundraising as well as Boy Scouts directing parking. Parking will be $2 a day or $5 for a weekend pass and half of the proceeds go to the Boy Scouts.
“As always it’s the last blast of summer,” Williams said. “Kids are going back to school, summer’s winded down. So, come out to Pony Express, enjoy the events, enjoy the carnival, enjoy the music,, see some old family and friends and just have a good time before fall settles in.”