RACINE — They came from far away to experience the beauty and fast water offered by the Big Coal River.
The visitors joined the seasoned local folks who already know how nice the river is to float.
The Kevin’s Lazy River Adventure float event brought together people from all walks of life and people from all parts of the state. They not only got to know each other but they enjoyed a wild and wonderful river located in the heart of southern West Virginia.
The event started early on Saturday morning and the boats began arriving quickly.
Every type of boat and craft that would float was represented. Exotic ocean going kayaks were unloaded beside the good old metal fishing boats.
People were greeted by smiling florescent green t-shirts wearing local citizens who were proud to have the coveted CREW shirt provided by the Big Coal River Branch of the Coal River Group.
The organization lead by Ashford resident Teresa Perdue was in great form and everyone was greeted with a big smile and a request to sign a waiver form and received a goody bag chocked full of local supporting companies’ advertisements and gifts.
The seventh annual Kevin’s Lazy River Adventure was a true success. The financial rewards for the local community are small. The event is offered as a free event by the sponsoring CRG.
“But the real reward is the fact that so many people got to enjoy the river and meet our wonderful local citizens,” says Teresa Perdue.
The event started at the John Slack Park in Racine and ended 10.5 miles downstream at the newly rebuilt and expanded Dartmont Community Park.
“Thanks to the Boone County Commission for all their help in upgrading the park and providing us with safety personnel and safety support,” Perdue added.
“The Coal River Group is dedicated to restoring the rivers and streams in the Coal River Watershed and today the citizens proudly showed off a beautifully restored and clean Big Coal River,” says Perdue. “We are so proud of how so many people from Morgantown, Fairmont, St. Albans, Charleston, Huntington, Beckley and a host of other WV cities read about our event and decided to come on down and enjoy our hospitality and clean river.”
The final numbers were impressive. Over 180 boats were launched and over 240 people hit the river when local resident Dan Light called them on his megaphone.
The sponsors who covered all the costs of the event included Cabela’s, West Virginia Land Trust, VIRCO Contracting, Parson’s Machine Shop, Harvey Enterprises, B&M Oil Company, Coal River Energy and Finish Line Auto Sales.
“The Big Coal River has a true tourist attraction,” says Perdue “and we have a lot to be proud of with the improved parks and our clean river.”
A free concert following the float was provided by the band TOTAL MELTDOWN.
(Fred Pace is the Editor for the Coal Valley News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-369-1165, or on Twitter @fcpace62)