Preston County Buckwheat Festival
The Preston County Buckwheat Festival is back again!
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.
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 28, through Sunday, October 1 in Kingwood, West Virginia. Every day 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
The schedule is TBD but more information will be shared as it is announced.
Buckwheat Cakes and Sausage Dinner:
Served at The Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department Community Building
The dinner schedule will be listed here when announced.
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 hosts 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. Check back soon 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.
The carnival begins Thursday at 12pm and exhibit buildings, as well as the craft shows, will open too.
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 your holiday shopping, or pick up an accent piece for your home! Check back soon for a full list of vendors.
Hours of Sale:
Friday and Saturday: TBD
With plenty to see and do, the Annual Buckwheat Festival is the place to be! Share with us your experience tasting Buckwheat Cakes with #VisitMountaineerCountry and #MountaineerCountryYes!
115 Brown Avenue, Kingwood, WV 26537, USA