The state of West Virginia has so many wonderful fairs and festivals. One of them starts today (September 29) and runs through Sunday (October 2). It's the Preston County Buckwheat Festival, and is one of the best in the state:
This festival is so big for this little community, that everything shuts down (including the schools), and people from all across the country return home every year and make it a Preston County reunion. The parades each day are huge, and there is a carnival, arts & crafts, concerts, livestock shows and many other events going on. But the big draw is the homemade buckwheat pancakes and homemade sausage. Since this is a county-wide festival, you can buy a buckwheat dinner almost anywhere in Preston County. Most churches, fire departments, and other organizations will have the dinners, as does the community center in downtown Kingwood.
If you can't make it this year, look for the 71st annual festival next year during the last week of September. Preston County is beautiful anytime of year, but especially in late September, when the leaves are starting to turn color. It's truly worth the drive. And if you've never had a pancake made with Buckwheat Flower, you don't know what you're missing! A truly unique taste that can only be found in the mountains of West Virginia!Edited: 12:58 pm, September 29, 2011