76th Annual Preston County Buckwheat Festival Theme: Sweeter Each Year Late in the Great Depression, rural West Virginia and Preston County found economic recovery slow and tedious. Local farmers grew buckwheat, although mainly for animal feed, as an "insurance crop" because of its short growing season and good quality; it was thought that perhaps this grain might spur agricultural economic growth. For this reason and for its uniqueness, buckwheat was chosen as the focus for an end-of-harvest homecoming when farmers could relax, have fun, and compete - thus blossomed the Preston County Buckwheat Festival! Various artisans will present their wares including: candies; honey; nuts; candles; woven, sewn, or quilted items; soaps; embossing tools; books; jewelry; pottery; baskets; floral arrangements; country crafts; wooden toys and bowls; pillows and more. Festival arts and crafts are located in the bottom of the Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department Community Building on Brown Avenue and in the building located betweeen the Memorial North Building and the Cow Palace. Hours of sale are Thurs: Noon to 9 p.m.; Fri - Sat: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Additional attractions and activities include a carnival, food, livestock and live entertainment.