"Pony Express Days" in Mt. Zion, Illinois is an annual festival commemorating Mt. Zion's origin as the county's first mail depot on the road from Indianapolis to Springfield, in the late 1820's. This year's celebration will be held August 18-21, 2016.
Last year, Pony Express Days brought more than 10,000 people to the Pony Express Grounds, at the Mt. Zion Lions Center, during the four days of activity. We are hoping for an even bigger attendance this year. This year's activities will again include a 13-ride carnival, afternoon and evening entertainment under huge big top tents, business and craft expositions, pretty baby contest, 5K and fun road races, mud drags, ATV races, mud volleyball, garden tractor pulls, live bands and much more. Being one of the oldest celebrations in the county, Mt. Zion Pony Express Days continues to grow annually.
Starts at Mt. Zion Foundation Park, Mt. Zion, IL (Corner of West Main & Traughber Road), a partially shaded, out and back course. Saturday August 20. Download Here.
This is a usually a fundraiser for local residents that could use some extra assistance in a time of need. In 2015 the fundraiser was for Mt. Zion graduate, Chad Hale, who is recovering from a major stroke at the age of 43. All proceeds from the event went to Chad. Download Here.