CLARKSTON – This Saturday, Clarkston will combine its annual Pony Express Days with the town’s 150th anniversary. Clarkston was founded in the year of 1864.
“The railroad and the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Point occurred in 1869,” Dan Cooper said. “Anyone who came to the West before 1869 was considered a pioneer. So our community, is in fact, a pioneer community.”
Cooper, who has been involved with Pony Express Days since its beginning in the 1980s, said there are many activities going on throughout the week for the Clarkston Sesquicentennial. Among these activities, there will be old-time pioneer games, a beard growing contest, a pie-eating contest, a talent show, a mud run, and much more.
On Friday evening, there will be a skeet shoot and kickball game, followed by a movie in the park.
This Saturday, the fun will start early with a breakfast at 7 am, followed by a parade at 11. A dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. The dance will begin that night at 9 pm.
In conjunction with Pony Express Days, Cache Valley Historian Kenneth Godfrey will speak at 5 pm on Saturday in the Clarkston Civic Center. A self-guided historical tour is also available.
Pony Express Days is Clarkston’s annual town celebration. Cooper said it started in the early 80s as a good reason for a bunch of horse people to get together and have a horse race. With ten horses and ten riders, they would each ride three miles while carrying a Pony Express satchel. The race would start near Malad, Idaho and end in Clarkston. Cooper said the race stuck, and they continue to do it today but on a bit of a different scale. There is a mile square north of the cemetery where the race now takes place. Teams consist of five riders who each ride for three miles.
Cooper expressed that he hopes even people from outside the community will come join in the fun this weekend. He added that they try to make everything very inexpensive. For more information and specific times of events, call the Town Clerk at 435-563-9090.