The City of St. Albans and the Coal River Group have teamed up to host Yak Fest, a two-day river festival wrapped around the annual 12-mile Tour De Coal community float event.
“We want to emphasize our role as the gateway to the Coal River, West Virginia’s flatwater kayaking capital,” said St. Albans Mayor Scott James. “It’s something that’s long overdue. The river has been one of our most underused resources, but now we want to make it a focal point.”
Last year, more than 1,000 paddlers took part in the Tour De Coal, according to Bill Currey, the Coal River Group’s board chairman and founder of the annual Tornado-St. Albans river trek.
“Thousands more come to support the paddlers and cheer them on as they float down the river route,” Currey said. “The new Yak Fest will offer many new reasons for all the visiting folks to enjoy St. Albans restaurants, the revitalized loop and the entire St. Albans area.”