It’s That Time

The barns are quiet, but soon they will be teeming with 4-H and FFA youngsters and their livestock.  Farmers from all over the county will bring their prized animals to be paraded and judged.

The fairgrounds are also quiet, except for the carnival workers setting up the rides, the food stands and the games.  Here they hope to tempt the fair go-ers with thrills, candy apples, cotton candy and the chance to win giant stuffed animals.  The Kingwood Fire Dept. and dozens of community organizations are preparing massive amounts of batter, sausage and all the trimmings.
Because you see , it is Buckwheat Festival time, and come this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all of Preston County will put a hold on their everyday lives.  They will head to our county seat and get their fill of Buckwheat Cakes and carnival food.  They will see which one of their neighbors grew the blue ribbon hay, buckwheat and giant pumpkin.  They will find out who produced the winning yeast bread, canned vegetables and needlework.  They will watch parades for the chance to see their child perform in the band, ride on a float or perhaps even be Queen Ceres or King Buckwheat.
Yes… it is F-A-L-L, and it’s Buckwheat Festival time, here in Preston County.

West Virginia’s Wild and Wooly Fiber Festival

We visited West Virginia’s Wild and Wooly Fiber Festival at the WVU Reedsville Arena on Saturday.  There were several vendors selling wool and wool products, a fleece competition, a local 4-H club selling food, and there were a lot of alpacas… so cute, so curious.

Sarah Beamer was there with her Kerry Hill sheep and in spite of a broken foot gave great shearing demonstrations.
Several farms brought angora goats.
We visited with the folks at the Peavine Hollow Farm booth, and watched a noisy angora goat shearing demonstration.  Lena bought some beautiful gold and blue mohair locks. 
And we bought this…