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Annual Tour of the Valley bicycle race canceled

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Some of downtown Youngstown's most popular summer events may not be happening this year.

The Appalachian Bicycle Racing Association has announced on Facebook that the 2014 Tour of the Valley has been canceled due to lack of sponsorship.

Acknowledging that the annual three day event has been a highlight for riders over the past five summers, organizers say that an undertaking of that scope takes major financial support in order to take place. Efforts to find a replacement for the title sponsor was not successful, so this summer's weekend event has been canceled.

More than 400 pro and amateur riders from across the country took part in seventeen races through Mahoning and Columbiana Counties during last years tour, which was held in July. Organizers say fees are being refunded to people who have already registered.

Last minute efforts are currently being made to save the city's annual Jazz Fest. Coordinators are asking city council to help by donating money.

"Unfortunately we got word that the Tour of the Valley is going to be canceled this year. We were very disappointed to hear that from the organizers, and with the uncertainly with the Jazz Fest, I hated to lose both events. So we wanted to work to see if there is a way we can partner with the city to salvage the Jazz Fest,"  said Linda Macala of the Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Organizers estimate the Jazz Fest costs about $30,000 dollars to put on. They're hoping the city will pitch in about half of the money needed.
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