(Courier file photo)
(Courier file photo)
The 47th Canaan Fall Festival begins Friday for three days of games, displays, contests and live music.

Events begin Friday at noon with vendors opening their booths in the circle drive at the former Canaan Elementary School, 8775 N. Main St. Contests and live music begin after 7 p.m.

The 45th U.S. Pony Express Mail Run, a parade and other contests take place Saturday. Mail to be delivered by the Pony Express can be taken to the Canaan Post Office for special cancellation today, Friday and Saturday to be taken in saddlebags on horses to the Madison Post Office.

A special stamp has been created for the 45th mail run, Canaan postmaster Carolyn Hankins said. The drawing of the horse for the cancellation stamp was drawn by Jeremy Miller of Madison. The rest of the stamp was designed by Hankins.

One piece along with the others that will be in the saddlebags on Saturday was sent from Israel, she said.

The post office will accept mail for the ride until Saturday at noon, and mail can continue to be taken in or sent to the Canaan Post Office for 30 days after the ride for the special cancellation stamp.

A Civil War re-enactment group will dress in period clothing and carry the mail to the post office in Madison. The riders for this year's Pony Express Mail Run are Roger Mills of Austin; Brett Bellomy of Lexington, Ky.; Daniel P. Francis of Petersburg, Ky.; Eric Potraffke of Batesville; Ronnie Likens of Cynthiana; and Leon Likens of Scottsville, Ky.

Hankins encouraged the public to come to see the riders be sworn in by postal officials from Indianapolis at 1 p.m. near the stage.

"If you've never seen it, it is awesome," she said.

An outdoor church service will be held Sunday with kids' games including sack races, egg toss, water balloons, wheel barrel and crafts to follow the service.

Other events throughout the weekend will include an arts exhibit and produce display at the Masonic Lodge, inflatables for children at the school and Kremer House tours from 1 to 5 p.m. daily. Primitive camping will be offered within walking distance of the festival this year as well.

The honorary mayors for this year's festival are Robert and Doris Gray, and Eric Vickers will serve as the emcee of events throughout the weekend.

The annual weekend festival ends Sunday with vendors closing at 3 p.m.

The festival is sponsored by the Canaan Restoration Council Inc.

Canaan Fall Festival Schedule


12 p.m. Vendors Open

7 p.m. Little Papoose Contest

(6 months to 3 years 6 months)

8 p.m. Dry Fork


8:30 to 10 a.m. Accept entries for pie contest at the school building

10:30 a.m. Parade

* Children's games follow the parade at

the stage. Games include pedal pull

and frog contest.

1 p.m. 45th Pony Express Mail Run

1 p.m. Pie Contest Winners Announced

3 p.m. Cornhole Tournament

5 p.m. Indiana Boots & Jeans

7 p.m. Diamond Back


11:30 a.m. Outdoor Church Service

1 p.m. Children's games, including sack race, egg toss, water balloons, wheel barrel and crafts

1 p.m. Open Jam Session

3 p.m. Vendors Close