Kayak Yak Festival

Yak Fest June 2019 Schedule of Events

2019 Schedule 
Friday June 14​​
2-4pm - Vendor Set up
4-5pm - Heather Smith Dobbs
5-6pm - Blues Crossing
6-8pm Creek Don't Rise
8-10pm Mountain Heart

Saturday June 15
Noon-2pm Vendor Set Up
1-2pm - Ema Meadows
2-3pm - Scott Honaker
3-4pm - Dave McCormick
4-5pm McKenna Hope
6-8pm Yarn
8-10pm Fletchers Grove


June 8, 2019

Alban Theatre
65 Olde Main Plaza Saint Albans, WV 25177
Time 6:30 PM

Miss and Teen Yak Fest

Teen 13-15 yrs $75.00
Miss 16-19 yrs $100.00

Will send Miss to West Virginia United States

Miss will receive
  • Custom Sash
  • Crown
  • $1,000 scholarship 
  • Custom Car Magnets
  • Portrait Package and more

Teen will receive
  • Custom Sash
  • Crown
  • $500 scholarship 
  • Custom Car Magnets
  • Portrait Package and more


  • For Application send request to  [email protected]
  • Deadline to enter is June 1,2019
  • Must be able to attend Yakfest June 14-15, St. Albans Christmas Parade and holiday activities, chili and wing event, and arti gras, and to represent Yakfest at other pageants and festivals throughout WV.

2018 Events

Art Your Trash Winner
Pame Lawson, "Flora the Frog"

Wild & Wonderful Winners
First Place
Danny A Brown, "Two Girls Kayaking" 
Honorable Mention
Nick Watson, "Live Wild, Feel Wonderful"

Coal River Group Photo Contest

Photo Contest Application

Friday June 15

  Albert Frank Perrone | Friday 2:00pm ​​

Albert's music is powerful in the singer songwriting tradition. Described as "the thinking man's musician," his songs range from emotion packed stories to whimsical toe tapping ditties. He takes inspiration from a long list of musical greats such as: Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, Bud Powell, Doc Watson, Gordon Lightfoot, Tire Kingston Trio, James Taylor, Pete Seeger, John Prine, and his older brother, Ron Perrone. His musical craftsmanship is admired by many. There is no mistaking the warm connection between Albert Frank Perrone and his audience. There are always smiles and laughter, as well as a few tears. No one else sings or plays an electric classical guitar quite like him.

    Jack Hollywood | Friday 3:00pm​​

Jack Hollywood

  The Bryan Roberts Project | Friday 4:00pm​​

The Bryan Roberts Project is Bryan Roberts finger-style acoustic guitar, Steve
Arnett - bass guitar & Lee Hines - percussion. BRP is an accomplished acoustic band covering classic songs and original Bryan Roberts compositions with a Jazz feel.

Makenna Hope  | Friday 5:00 pm

  Makenna Hope is local from St. Albans, and is proud to be a West Virginia country girl who loves God and family. She currently sings at various talent shows, fairs, festivals and restaurants, with apperances on Nashville Spotlight and CMA MusicFest in 2016.  
Instructions from Janine LeClair of Music Row Voice in Nashville, and guitar lessons fron Ron Sowell in Charleston, is helping her refine her talent. 
I have been inspired by many amazing singers including Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and
Reba McIntyre.

Tim & Stephen Jones  | Friday 6:00pm

Tim & Stephen Jones    Tim has been involved in the local music scene for 30 some years as a lead guitarist and, vocalist for numerous groups playing various styles from Country, to Classic rock, to Soul and Motown genres. Tim has performed at such venues as St. Albans Artigras, & Riverfest, South Charleston Summerfest, and early Mountain Stage.  
Stephen is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association. He has won first place in the 2017 Putnam's Got Talent competition, and numerous best male vocalist awards as a featured soloist.  Not only a strong vocalist, and guitarist, he also plays piano, ukulele, drums and percussion. This father and son duo, brings originality to cover songs along with originals, with their unique brand of bringing a fun musical experience for all ages and tastes.

Blues Crossing | Friday 7:00pm

Ray Hensley and Michael Lyzenga have been playing and recording original music together as Blues Crossing since 2004, mainly the blues with a touch of Americana and rock thrown in. Over the years they have played in numerous blues competitions, benefits, fundraisers, and various other gigs throughout the tristate region and are regulars at festivals and events hosted on Main Street St. Albans. Influences include Stevie Ray, Clapton, Floyd, James Taylor, Neil Young, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Mark Knopfler, Tool, Son House, Chris Sutton.

  Mountain Heart
  Friday 8:00pm

Mountain Heart or members have been nominated for Grammy’s, ACM, CMA
awards. The band has also been nominated for and won multiple IBMA's.

They have appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of
130 times, and have shared the stage with acts ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Brad Paisley to Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain Stringband, The Punch Brothers, Levon Helm, John Fogerty and many more.

Saturday June 16

  Davis Creek Boys | Saturday 12 noon

The Davis Creek Boys was formed in the fall of 2017 as a way to bring their lyrics and music into a more intimate arena. They are a duo consisting of lifelong friends/singer-songwriters Travis Vandal and James Townsend. Both artists grew up in the Davis Creek area of South Charleston. They have played in over a hundred shows throughout West Virginia.  As the 'Vandal Band', they headlined at the Lewis County Fair, plus opened for national touring acts such as Parmalee and Old Southern Moonshine Revival.  Their music is rooted in Appalachian culture and Americana (country, rock, blues, acoustic).

    Creek Don't Rise | Saturday 2pm

Creek Don't Rise is an eclectic four-piece band hailing from the mountains of West Virginia/Kentucky.  Their soulful, blues inspired music takes influence from their native
Appalachia, spanning across "Country, Blues Soul, Rock n Freakin Roll". The band tackles
and successfully plays several genres of music. "Our Niche is We Have No Niche".  Their original music cannot be easily labeled either, with soul searching lyrics about life and powerful guitar and harmonica solos over rock steady rhythms and silky smooth dynamics. This band is not like any other touring today.

Back Porch String Band | Saturday 4pm 

The Back Porch String Band  was formed in Charleston in 1973 and played throughout southern WV playing country, folk, and bluegrass string music. They headlined at the Capitol City Jamboree, and are now regulars at the Blue Grass Kitchen.  The Band:  Louie Biel, fiddle, John Picklesimer and Steve Branner on banjo, Sam Houston and Jim Bowles on guitar and vocals, John Bowles, who does excellent work on flat pick guitar leads, legendary fiddle /
banjo / anything with strings musician John Blisard, and Sully Steele, who plays standup bass
in the Charleston Youth Symphony.  Influences include songwriting greats such as John
Prine, John Hartford, Guy Clark, and Merle Haggard.  

  Adam Parker Band | Saturday 6pm

The Adam Parker Band is out of Charleston WV. The Band was formed in 2016 with the love of old and newer country music in mind. This 5 piece band includes a keyboard and guitars and tight harmonies. With openings for Jason Aldean and Alan Jackson as well for many festivals like Summerfest and Riverfest.  THE BAND:  Lead Singer: Adam Parker, Lead Guitar: Daniel Ferrell, Drums: James Hairston, Keyboards: Timothy Kilmon, Bass Guitar:
Kevin Johnson    Influences include Merle Haggard, Tracy Lawrence.

  The Snyder Family Band
  Saturday 8:00pm

Snyder Family Band, based out of Lexington, NC, performs a unique style of music infused with a wide range of styles and genres. They bring an exciting, talent-filled show to audiences of all ages and musical tastes. 
The Snyder Family Band is a sensational trio, made up of Zeb, Samantha and Bud Snyder, an unparalleled collaboration of brother, sister and father. They have studied the masters, learned the techniques and naturally reach out to find new means of expression that is rooted in tradition yet always innovative.  Their sound could be described as Allman Brothers Band meets Stéphane Grappelli meets Doc Watson.

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