ST. ALBANS, W.Va. — A two-day river festival is being planned in West Virginia to coincide with the annual 12-mile (19-kilometer) Tour De Coal community float event.

St. Albans Mayor Scott James told The Charleston Gazette-Mail that Yak Fest will be held June 15 and 16 and will offer entertainment options for Tour De Coal participants and their families and friends. The name refers to a shortened version of “kayak.”

In addition to entertainment and food, the festival will include a display of watercraft, paddleboards, fishing kayaks and fishing gear.

James says a new park fronting the Coal River is planned and is likely to include a kayak-canoe launch site.

Coal River Group board chairman Bill Currey says more than 1,000 paddlers took part in the Tour De Coal last year.

Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail,

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