About the WV Strawberry Festival

The West Virginia Strawberry Festival kicked off in 1936 as a way to honor the Strawberry Growers. The Festival gave Strawberry Growers a  place to sell their berries.  The first Strawberry Festival was celebrated in 1 day and as years passed, the events of the West Virginia Strawberry Festival grew into a full week!   We continue to honor the Strawberry Growers from all over the state of West Virginia and traditionally hold the Strawberry Auction on Friday afternoon of Festival Week.

When is it? 2016 dates will be May 14th - 22nd and is held annually the 3rd week of May. 

How do I get there? We are located in Buckhannon, WV (nearly the center of the state). Click HERE for driving directions!
What can I experience at the Festival? We have always been known as “An Exciting Family Tradition”. We have 8 fun filled days of events for all ages.  We have a Strawberry Gift Shop, a Horse & Carriage Parade, Arts & Craft Show at WV Wesleyan College, Food Vendors selling everything Strawberry, and don’t forget the Carnival is here all week!

Event Overview:
  • In March, before the Strawberry Festival kicks off, we host the Junior Royalty Pageant, the Teen & Queen Pageant.  
  • The Horse & Carriage Parade on Saturday, May 14th is the first event to kick off the 8-day West Virginia Strawberry Festival!
  • Opening Ceremonies begin the second Saturday of Strawberry Festival (May 14th).  That evening brings the beautiful Coronation of the King and Queen.
  • Thursday, May 19th is Children's Day. All kinds of children's activities throughout the day at Jawbone Park, with the Junior Royalty Parade starting at 6:30.  We honor our Junior Royalty Court that is selected in the Junior Royalty Pageant which is held in March of each year, along with other children's groups. (Twirling groups, 4-H clubs, marching bands, etc.) And don't forget Strawberry Idol at 8:00 pm.
  • Friday, May 20th is Fireman's Day. More activities at Jawbone Park. Irish Road Bowling starts.  Fireman's Parade starts at 6:30 & the Street Party (from 8:00 pm - 12:00 am) rocks all night with lots of music & entertainment on every street corner. Strawberry Idol continues!
  • Saturday, May 21st  is the Grand Feature Parade. Along with the Largest Parade in the State, we also have a Strawberry Run, Antique Car Parade & Show, Band Exhibition.  A second Street Party (from 8:00 pm - 12:00 am) wraps up Saturday's events, with Strawberry Idol Finals taking place!
  • Sunday, May 22nd has a variety of events to wrap up the WV Strawberry Festival. A Draft Horse Pull along with the Miniature Horse Show is held, along with a Gospel Sing at WV Wesleyan College and the Jack Barker Memorial Canoe Race down at the Riverwalk Trail (Wood Street Park) river access.
    Volunteers who love Buckhannon and the West Virginia Strawberry Festival dedicate hours to offer 8 days of family fun!  Want to contact the WV Strawberry Festival?  Please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 304-472-9036.  We hope you can visit us during the WV Strawberry Festival!