In 2020, Coal Festival Committee members voted to cancel what would have been the 42nd Annual even as the pandemic began to spread around the country. At the time, organizers promised a bigger and better event than ever before for 2021, but now it appears that will not be the case.

The J-E has learned from committee members that the board hasn’t even met in 2021, meaning organizers would have right at a month to schedule the event. Normally those plans take anywhere from six months to a year.

“Its probably a no go,” one board member stated.

The Providence Jaycees held the first Coal Festival in 1979. It was in the uptown area of town, and was designed to take the place of the Providence Savage Days Festival, which was held in uptown Providence from 1966 to 1974 and honored the early days of the city with old fashioned costumes and themes. In 1975 Savage Days was moved to the city park near the elementary school, but failed to gain the support it gotten in uptown.

Through its lifetime, the 41 previous Coal Festival events have happened in various locations around town. After being launched in the uptown area, the yearly event moved briefly to Legion Field before finally being relocated to the city park in the late 1980’s.

Contact Matt Hughes at or 270-667-2069

Contact Matt Hughes at or 270-667-2069