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59th Annual Jackass Mail Run

Saturday, April 18, 2020
City Hall, Porterville

In 1961, as part of the City of Porterville Centennial Celebration (100 years), the Jackass Mail Run event was born. 

The Jackass Mail Run recreates the old west when mail to Springville was delivered by horse or mule-drawn wagon. Hundreds of riders on horseback, covered wagons, buggies and stagecoaches will gather in front of City Hall in Porterville, and set out to deliver the mail to Springville, lead by the "Wagon Master".

The mail is collected for weeks in special handmade rustic boxes, stamped with a special "Jackass Mail Run Stamp" and transported to Springville. A posse of bandits are always waiting in Springville to steal the mail, and a gunfight ensues. 

Bring the family out to enjoy the festivities and be part of this historic Porterville tradition.

RIDE INFORMATION:  The general public wanting to participate in the ride is to meet on  D Street between Olive and Orange, ready to ride at 8:30am.  For more information, call (559)784-6010.

Wagon Master and his posse during the 5oth Jack Ass Mail Run.

Riders joining in on the Jack Ass Mail Run.

Bandits attempt to steal the mail in Downtown Springville.

The loading of the Strong Box circa 1976.


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