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Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race returns to Bangor

April 17, 2021 GMT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A rite of spring has returned to Bangor after a one-year hiatus.

The Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race was held Saturday, a day after a storm brought drenching rain and snow to the state.

The event was canceled last year, and precautions were put in place this year because of the pandemic. Among them, spectators weren’t allowed to gather at Six Mile Falls, site of many spectacular spills over the years.

The border closure prevented Trevor MacLean, of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, from attempting to extend his 11-year streak for best time.

Missing from the race were two icons.

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The Gumby canoe was without co-founder Larry Doucette, who died in March after battling cancer; Zip Kellogg, known for paddling while standing and wearing formal attire, decided to take a break this year, officials said.