Buckhannon in Upshur County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
The West Virginia Strawberry Festival
Rooted in the Great Depression, the first Central Strawberry Festival was held June 3, 1936, in an effort to promote growers from central WV. Organizers hoped to facilitate networking of farmers with outside distributors, to encourage growth of quality berries, and to promote use of idled farmland to stimulate economic activity. Name changed to WV Strawberry Festival in 1959.
Erected 2016 by Upshur County Convention & Visitors Bureau, and West Virginia Archives & History.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Entertainment. A significant historical date for this entry is June 3, 1936.
Location. 38° 59.488′ N, 80° 13.794′ W. Marker is in Buckhannon, West Virginia, in Upshur County. Marker is at the intersection of South Kanawha Street (West Virginia Route 20) and West Lincoln Way, on the right when traveling south on South Kanawha Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 S Kanawha Street, Buckhannon WV 26201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kiddy Building 1932 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Reger Building 1900 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Strawberry Festival / Tillotson Janney HouseIn Tribute to and in Memory of Buckhannon Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Upshur County Courthouses / Rainbow Restaurant (approx. 0.2 miles away); Honor Roll (approx. 0.2 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Explorations West of Blue Ridge / 8 East Main Street / Strawberry Festival 1936 (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buckhannon.
Also see . . . Website for the West Virginia Strawberry Festival. Festival website homepage:
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!(Submitted on May 18, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.