YRARF & Covid 19

Let us all stay safe.

It's difficult to anticipate what the Covid19 landscape will look like during the festival. Please be advised that if pandemic conditions worsen YRARF reserves the right to cancel the event at any point in time.


YRARF is an outdoor event

YRARF is primarily an outdoor event, where social distancing is relatively easy to do. However part of the festival's fun has always been its socials. For safety considerations and the ongoing Covid19  pandemic,  we are not including evening socials in 2021. Our only social will be Welcome Reception, which will be moved to an outside venue and hosted by Jefferson Davis Tourist Commission at their 100 Rue de l'Acadie  grounds in Jennings. Please be advised that it is possible that inclement weather could move that event indoors to their large new visitor center. N95 dust masks have always been a familiar site at the rice field harvest sites - to protect participants from rice chaff and dust. Unless unavailable YRARF 2021 will again provide dust masks as in the past. We also recommend that participants bring your own mask as well - just to be on the safe side. As of early August, an indoor mask mandate has been imposed in Louisiana due to the rapid rise of Delta Variant cases. 


We strongly recommend masks are worn not only to protect against dust, but  to protect against Covid transmission when in close proximity to others. Delta is more easily contracted than previous strains.  We encourage everyone to get vaccinated and to social distance. Please review CDC recommendations for your safety during the ongoing pandemic.

We will offer combine rides in 2021 - please realize that it is the participant's choice to either  ride inside, or outside and doing so can put you in closer proximity to others than social distancing would dictate: please be advised that you do so at your own risk! We anticipate having ATV rides at this time. Depending on the current status of Covid19 and CDC recommendations, a mask may be required when riding on the ATV.


We strongly recommend all participants  be vaccinated - for your safety and especially for the safety of others.


YRARF 2021 will not require vaccination for participation; YRARF will not require proof of vaccination.


If you decide to participate in this event then you assume any and all risk associated with possible contraction of Covid19 and any/all of its variants.


If you are a registered participant and become sick, have flu or cold- like symptoms, or do not feel well then please do not attend! We will refund your registration fee.