Where Buckwheat is King

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 28-30, 2012

Day One

2:30 p.m. Arrive at Lakeview Resort, Alpine Lake Resort, or Wisp Resort and check-in. After a brief rest, depart for Kingwood to visit the arts and crafts and for a special county music concert.  Before the show, enjoy a BBQ chicken dinner of a 1/2 chicken, baked beans, roll and applesauce. Pulled pork BBQ sandwiches are also available.  This evening, you’ll enjoy the “headliner” country artist at the Preston County Buckwheat Festival. Last year’s artist was Darryl Worley who has sold nearly two million albums, earned nominations for five major ACM and CMA awards, including “Song of the Year” and “Single of the Year,” and has written songs for other major artists, including George Jones. The previous year’s performer was Grammy award winner, Kathy Mattea. After the show, return to Lakeview Resort.

Day Two

Start your day in Morgantown, WV, with a Don Knotts Hometown Tour. See where this funny man got his start, stopping at the elegantly resorted Metropolitan Theater, where Don performed.  His bronze star, a replica of the one in Hollywood is on the sidewalk just outside of the theater.  See many other sites associated with Don, including his alma maters, West Virginia University and Morgantown High School.   Take a photo of the Jerry West statue, just like the NBA logo, for which he posed.  Ride on the Personal Rapid Transit System (PRT), a prototype people mover called a “geriatric Disney ride” by one tour operator. The PRT connects the campuses of West Virginia University.  Each computerized car holds around 10 people and travels along the Monongahela River for a beautiful view. Back in Kingwood, have the traditional Buckwheat Festival lunch -buckwheat cakes and sausages, of course, at the Kingwood Community Building.

The Buckwheat Festival has been going on since the 1930s.  Visit the arts and crafts fair.  Last year over 50 artisans sold their wares at the Preston County Buckwheat Festival. What you might find-candies, honey, nuts, candles, woven, sewn, or quilted items,  soaps, embossing tools, books, jewelry, pottery, baskets, floral arrangements, country crafts, wooden toys and bowls, pillows, and much, much more. Some craftsmen even demonstrate their skills and products! You will also find local juried artists at the Preston Community Arts Center.  Try your luck at bingo, listen to the music, watch lumberjacks roll logs, see the 4-H and FFA exhibits, ride the Ferris wheel, and eat cotton candy. Next, travel down the beautiful Cheat River Valley to Rowlesburg, a scenic byway where you’ll tour the Greatest Generation (WWII) Museum, a hidden gem of a museum.  Return to the resort for dinner and evening entertainment. You may choose a barbershop quartet, Appalachian music, or Broadway/standards music.

Day Three

See the scenic view from Cooper’s Rock where you can see three states.  Hear a tale about how Don Knotts climbed to the top of the cliff…at night!