HASHKNIFE PONY EXPRESS
TUESDAY February 4, 2020 -------------------------
Holbrook Parade will start from 8th Ave, down West Hopi Dr and onto Navajo Blvd to the Old Courthouse in Holbrook, AZ
Swearing In Ceremony – Old County Court House
All the riders on horseback will be sworn in as Official Mail Carriers of the US Postal Service
Meet the Riders – Pre ride Dinner at Elks Lodge
Open to the Public – Dinner $10
Official Poster signed by all the riders
WEDNESDAY February 5, 2020 -------------------
Breakfast with the Riders – Holbrook Senior Center on Joy Nevin Ave. Open to the Public – $6
The Ride Begins! – Mail leaves Holbrook Post Office
Hashknife Pony Express Riders arrive at Payson Post Office
Elementary School Coloring Contest Winners Announced and the “Hashknife Boot Camp” – Activities For Kids
7:00 pm to 11:30 pm
Dinner at Elks Lodge – Open to the Public. Menu: Salisbury Steak & fixins'.
Tickets available at the door ($15).
THURSDAY February 6, 2020 -------------------------------
Payson, AZ - The Ride Begins – mail leaves Payson Post Office
Fountain Hills, AZ - Hashknife Pony Express Riders arrive at Fountain Hills Post Office
FRIDAY February 7, 2020 -----------------
The Mail Arrives! at the Museum of the West at 2nd St. and Marshall Way. Come out and meet the riders and purchase Hashknife souvenirs and the “Hashknife Boot Camp” – Activities For Kids
SATURDAY February 8, 2020 ----------------------------
66th Annual Parada Del Sol Parade
Hashknife Pony Express rides in the Parade
Beginning in historic Holbrook, the horseback mail route covers over 200 miles from the majestic Mogollon Rim through Payson and the wilderness of the Mazatzal range to the desert city of Scottsdale where it kicks off the Scottsdale Jaycees' Parada del Sol celebration.
The Hashknife was a tool originally used by chuck wagon cooks to cut meat for hash, often fed to cowboys on the range. The Hashknife brand originated in Texas as the identification of the Aztec land and Cattle Company, which moved to Holbrook, AZ in 1866. Later, in 1957, the Navajo County Sheriff's Posse retained limited use of the brand. The Hashknife brand now identifies the Pony Express. Riders are members of the Navajo County Sheriff's Posse or their invited guests.
The Hashknife outfit has the longest contract with the U.S. Postal Service and annually delivers around 20,000 pieces of first class mail bearing the valued "Via Pony Express" cachet which is hand-stamped by the riders before the start of the ride. The "Official Pony Express Envelope" will be available on December 1. The public can purchase them for $1 each at the Holbrook, Overgaard, Pine, Heber, Payson, Fountain Hills, and Scottsdale Post Offices.
Your letter will be hand-stamped with the official ride logo, the treasured cachet coveted by stamp collectors around the world. So pick up your official envelopes and start writing! Check with your Post Office for the mailing deadline.
After the delivery all 30 riders go to the Rusty Spur Saloon in downtown Scottsdale for lunch and they hitch their horses to a hitching post on the street in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Come out and meet the riders at each event along the way and support a rich western tradition that links our communities with the past.