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Pony Express participants

wave to onlookers while riding in the 2012 Canaan Fall Festival parade.

(Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)
The click-clacking of horse hooves will be heard in Canaan for the town's 49th annual fall festival Friday and Saturday.

The event will include a parade, booths, art and food contests, games, live music, and of course, the signature Pony Express mail run.

The ride, in its 47th consecutive year, is the longest-running mail run of its kind in the country. It begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, and riders from a Civil War re-enactment group will carry the postmarks this year.

The riders will be sworn in by U.S. Postal Service officials from Indianapolis before tackling the 16-mile trip to Madison.

The group will appear in the parade before the ride and set up on the festival grounds for demonstrations regarding Civil War-era living.

"It's sort of like you're stepping back in time. They have period costumes and their horses are gorgeous," said Carolyn Hankins, Canaan postmaster.

Hankins is in charge of scheduling the ride each year. The Civil War group, made up of five riders, was selected for the mail run in 2011, as well.

The riders include: Roger Mills of Austin, Ind.; Daniel Hobbs of Otisco, Ind.; Brett Bellomy of Lexington, Ky.; Virginia Clark of Owingsville, Ky.; and Dan Francis of Petersburg, Ky.

All but Clark have ridden before.

This year's cancellation postmark was designed by festival president Gale Ferris.

The old-fashioned parade will start at 10:30 a.m. with Canaan residents Sue and Cecil Rowlett as the honorary mayors.

In addition to the mail run and parade, the festival will include a flea market, craft booths, the Chief White Eye Art Contest, live entertainment and music, a bread and pie contest, pedal pull, cornhole tournament and vintage tractor display.