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Tour De Coal and Yakfest returning in June


The nonprofit, Tornado-based Coal River Group has announced that the annual Tour De Coal river float trip will return to the waters this spring after a COVID-19-imposed cancellation last year.

The City of St. Albans has also announced plans to host its annual Yakfest entertainment and food festival during the same weekend as the Tour De Coal. Yakfest is scheduled for Friday, June 18, and Saturday, June 19, at Olde Main Plaza in St. Albans; the Tour De Coal will take place on June 19.

More than 1,500 paddlers are expected to attend the recently approved 2021 fundraising event for the Coal River Group, which oversees numerous river restoration and water trail improvement projects throughout the region.

Both events will adhere to social distancing guidelines for safety, said Coal River Group Bill Currey, noting that river recreation in paddleboats and kayaks naturally lends itself to social distancing, but caution and compliance will still be emphasized during the Coal River float as well as the Yakfest activities.

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