79th Preston County Buckwheat Festival
The 79th Preston County Buckwheat Festival theme is “A Treasure Trove of Sights & Sounds.”
The Buckwheat Festival starts on Thursday and closes on Sunday, and is full of parades, arts and crafts, a car show, carnival, livestock, a pageant, and of course those delicious Buckwheat Cake dinners served all weekend long.
Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has named the 78th Annual Preston County Buckwheat Festival one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for September 2019.
The History of the Buckwheat
Local Preston County Farmers grew buckwheat as an “insurance crop” during the Great Depression. It was speculated that this grain might stimulate agricultural economic growth. Buckwheat became the focus of an end-of-harvest homecoming for farmers. This was a time for them to relax and have fun after all the work was done – maturing into the Buckwheat Festival we know today!
More Info About This Year’s Buckwheat Festival
This year’s festival will be held from Thursday, September 24, through Sunday, September 27 in Kingwood, West Virginia. Everyday attendees will be able to eat the festival’s namesake – buckwheat. Buckwheat cakes are served as delicious, sour pancakes with your choice of butter, syrup and/or applesauce toppings. The cakes are served with Preston County pork sausage patties, which are ground, seasoned and prepared on site. Dinner is served to adults 12 and over for $9 and to children 11 and under for $6.
Buckwheat Cakes and Sausage Dinner:
Served at The Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department Community Building
Wednesday: 4p.m. – 8p.m.
Thursday: 9a.m. – 9p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 8a.m.-9p.m.
Sunday: 8a.m. – 4p.m.
The livestock show has come a long way since its introduction to the festival in 1947. Back then, livestock producers showed their animals, dairy heifers, feeder calves and saddle horses in a high-topped tent, and spectators didn’t have a place to sit. Today, the Cow Palace is host to the cattle, sheep, goat and swine shows and competitions. Spectators can sit, relax and enjoy the various events such as the Grand Champion Market Steer selection, lamb dressing and pet show. Please click HERE for a detailed livestock schedule.
Children will be entertained for hours with a carnival that includes amusement rides, such as a Ferris wheel and the “sizzler”, carnival games, played for various prizes, and your favorite festival concessions. All-day passes are $10 each on Wednesday and $18 each on Thursday – Sunday (some rides may be excluded).
Wednesday: 6p.m. – Close
Thursday: Noon – Close
Friday: 10a.m. – Close
Saturday: 10a.m. – Close
Sunday: Noon – Close
Located in the bottom of the Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department Community Building, an arts and crafts fair will host over 50 artisans selling items from candies, honey, candles, quilts, floral arrangements, jewelry and much more! It is a great place to start on your holiday shopping, or pick up an accent piece for your home! Click HERE for a full list of vendors.
Hours of Sale:
Thursday: Noon – 9p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10a.m. – 9p.m.
Sunday: 10:00a.m. – 4p.m.
With plenty to see and do, the 79th Annual Buckwheat Festival is the place to be! Share with us your experience tasting Buckwheat Cakes with #VisitMountaineerCountry and #MountaineerCountryYes!
Kingwood, WV, United States