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Pony Express Days scheduled for August 18-21

By BLAKE FAITH
Staff Writer

The 41st Pony Express Days are approaching. The Pony Express Days are slated for August 18-21 and will look a little different than years prior.

This year there will be no carnival at the Pony Express Days. Due to a communication error by the contracted company for the carnival there will not be a carnival. Executive Director Steve Williams anticipates this will lower attendance at this year’s Pony Express Days.

“If we would have had the carnival I would have expected a bigger crowd than last year because last year we had a good crowd,” Williams said. “COVID wasn’t over but it was letting up a little bit. And we had an event where we saw a lot of people come out. I think at this point, people are still ready to get out there so I was expecting a bigger crowd. The Carnival is gonna distract from that, everything and the special events arena is still going so we’ll have bands, we’ll have mud drags, precious baby contests and other things. We just won’t have the carnival.”

On Thursday, MCB will perform with special guest Robbie Mitchell at the Special Events Arena from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. On Friday, the NATU Band will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The Oddfellows Steak Dinner will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 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 Greg Bickers Band will perform from 4 p.m to 7 p.m. Drew Cagle and the Reputation 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.

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.

“It’s still a good last summer community event,” Williams said. “We’ve got a good lineup of bands and as always, we’ve got so from the precious baby contest to the mud volleyball to the mud drags. “Although we’re disappointed that we weren’t able to secure a carnival, we’ve already started to look for a replacement for next year. And hopefully we’ll be getting bigger, stronger and better next year.”

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