This Fall Festival Has Been A Tradition For 77 Years!

Fall is right around the corner, and what better way to kick off the most magical season in the Mountain State than with the Preston County Buckwheat Festival? This year’s festival takes place Sept. 27-30 and will feature fun for everyone!

The festival dates all the way back to 1938! In the later days of the Great Depression, many West Virginia farmers grew buckwheat as an “insurance crop” because it had a short growing season and good quality. Many hoped that buckwheat would jumpstart some economic growth in the community, so an end-of-season harvest homecoming was focused around it. This sparked the beginning of the Preston County Buckwheat Festival!

This year’s festival will take place in Kingwood and will feature arts and crafts for purchase, bingo, the Buckwheat Cake Eating Contest, a car show, an assortment of different foods, livestock, a carnival and a pageant! Last year there were over 50 artisans present selling items like candies, honey, nuts, candles, soaps, books, jewelry, pottery, baskets and bowls! The carnival will run throughout the festival and attendees are offered all-day passes for $18. Registration for the car show is $10, and over 60 trophies will be presented! Regardless of what you’re looking for, there will be fun for the entire family!

The theme for this year is “A Bag Full of Memories,” so bring the family to Kingwood Sept. 27-30 and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Are you ready? We hope to see you in Kingwood!

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This post was last updated on March 17, 2022