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SPOTLIGHT: West Virginia Strawberry Festival History

Updated: May 28, 2022

May 14, 2022

News Release - Community Activities

Our History

The West Virginia Strawberry Festival kicked off in 1936 as a way to honor our strawberry growers and help them increase sales.

The very first Festival was a day-long celebration. As the years passed and its popularity increased, the West Virginia Strawberry Festival grew into the full week of fun that we know it as today!

We continue to honor strawberry growers from all over our beautiful state. The Strawberry Auction is traditionally held on the Friday afternoon of Festival Week.

Interesting Fact: After being discontinued for five years during WWII, the Festival continued to expand into today’s week-long celebration!

The Festival Experience We pride our festival in being known as an “Exciting Family Tradition.” For 8 fun-filled days, guests of all ages will enjoy the Strawberry Gift Shop, Horse & Carriage Parade, the Arts & Craft Show at WV Wesleyan College, and food vendors specializing in strawberry treats of all kinds. Oh and don’t forget the carnival!

Volunteers Volunteers who love Buckhannon and the West Virginia Strawberry Festival graciously dedicate their time to bring family fun to all of our attendees.

Contact Please email us at or call 304-472-9036 for more information. We hope to see you at the Festival! -

Editor's Note: All information regarding the West Virginia Strawberry Festival (including the headline graphic) was obtained from their official website located HERE

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