MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Preston County’s Buckwheat Festival is preparing to celebrate “80 Years of Memories.”
Everyone is invited to join Preston County for four days of parades, carnival rides and games, livestock shows and sales, arts and crafts, a car show, and Preston County’s famous buckwheat cakes.
During the Great Depression, buckwheat was grown as an “insurance crop” because of its hardy nature and short growing season. In 1938, Preston County farmers came together to celebrate the year’s harvest. Thus, the annual Buckwheat Festival began, named after one of the area’s most important crops.
Observed nearly every year, only cancelled during World War II and in 2020, the festival is a hallmark of memories for residents of Preston County. This significance inspired this year’s theme, said General Chairman Nick Taylor…