Benson Beautification offers a wholehearted “Thank You” to everyone who helped make the inaugural Benson Pony Express Western Days such a great success.

The car show judges - Sheriff Mark Dannels, Jake Kartchner, and Layne Nelson - you did an outstanding job!

A special Thank You to sponsors: City of Benson, Apache Nitrogen Products, Hudbay/Rosemont Copper Company, Zearing’s Mercantile, SSVEC, DiPeso Realty, Pioneer Title Agency, The Shop, AZ G&T Cooperatives, Post Insurance Agency, and San Pedro Valley News-Sun, plus the many local businesses who provided promotional items for the goodie bags given to our car show drivers and vendors.  

A Thank You goes out for raffle prizes donated by Benson Feed & Supply, Benson's New Day Spa, Cowboy Way, Del's Tire, House of Iron, NAPA Auto Parts, Old Benson Ice Cream Stop, O'Reilley Auto Parts, Safeway, Sarge's Sidearms, R&R Pizza, Walmart, and of course, Apache Nitrogen Products donated the grand prize of an Apache Powder dynamite box.

The performances by the Dave Owens Band, Benson Pony Express, Power from the Past Tractor Club, and an appearance by "Tigger the Tiger" created a lively atmosphere throughout the day. Dr. Andy Mayberry created a special treat by offering wagon rides pulled by his oxen team, Jim and Roland. The San Pedro Posse gave their first ever historically correct reenactment of a gunfight that took place right here in Benson. The Gooseflats Gunslingers had fun arresting some of our most prominent citizens – among those bailed out of jail were none other than Judge Bruce Staggs and Benson Beautification President Cindy Allen! Face painting by Maricarmen Breazeale was a big hit with young and not-so-young alike. And course we mustn't forget all the vendors and the owners of  all the absolutely beautiful vehicles – all 50 of them. Without you, it couldn’t have been an event!

The car show winners were: First Place – Best in Show Paul Hanson with a 1932 Ford; 2nd Place Rich Wille with a 1938 Dodge panel van; and 3rd place Jim & Carolyn Wheeler with a 1956 Chevy Bel Air.  Best interior was Gary Schee's 1950 Ford, best exterior was Terry and Lynnette White's 1937 Ford Oze Roadster Pickup, and best engine was Jim and Carolyn Wheeler's 1956 Chevy Bel Air. Voted Peoples' Choice was the 1979 Dodge power wagon owned by Reeves Stretch.

We’re grateful to all our volunteers who participated in making this a successful event. Behind the scenes workers were Vicky Konrad, Carol Treuber, Najayyah Many Horses, Marilyn Williams, K. Gardner, Vikki Flint, and Mary Jo Martin. On the front line the day of the event were Glenn Nichols, Vikki Flint, Terri Swafford, Dan Ball, Bobby Lowe, and the Pony Express Team.

Cindy Allen & Lisa Hill

Benson Beautification &

Benson Pony Express

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