BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Strawberry Festival has released a tentative schedule for the 80th annual festival that will have an 80s Flashback theme.
The tentative schedule, with available times and locations is as follows:
April 16: The Archery Tournament will be held at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School. The time will be announced at a later date. There will be a youth and an adult division.
May 14: The Strawberry Pet Show will be held from noon until 2 p.m. at the Buckhannon Dog Park, located at 20 Randolph Street, Buckhannon, W. Va.
The Horse and Carriage Parade will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Strawberry Lane. Dozens of carriages, individual riders and equestrian teams with well-groomed horses of a wide variety will participate.
May 14 - 22: Spend the Day in a Strawberry Way! Main Street restaurants will be featuring specialty strawberry dishes and businesses throughout the town will welcome that mass of visitors with open arms.
May 17: Family Fun Night will be held at Stockert Youth Center. The event will have crafts, demonstrations, contests, music, games and more.
May 18: Coronation will be held at 6:30 p.m. The location has yet to be determined. Guests and the public are cordially invited to attend the coronation of Queen and King elects as they receive their official crowns.
May 18-May 22: The Food Court will be open from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Spring Street. Food Vendors from all over West Virginia will flock to Buckhannon for the festival.
May 19: The Diaper Derby will be held at the Courthouse Plaza from 10 to 11 a.m. Babies will be divided into two groups and will crawl on padded mats.
The annual Strawberry Blonde Contest will be held at the Courthouse Plaza from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Children will be judged on the color of their “Strawberry Blonde” hair.
The Billiards Tournament will be held at the Senior Citizens Center from noon to 1 p.m. Ribbons will be awarded to the seniors (55 and older) who win. Seniors may play both games.
The Junior Royalty Parade will be on Strawberry Lane starting at 6:30 p.m. The ultimate youth parade attracts thousands of spectators each year.
May 19-May 21: The Photography Exhibit will be held at the Colonial Arts Center on East Main Street from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. This is an interactive event, where you can cast your votes. Photos by the Buckhannon-Upshur Camera Club will be on exhibit for multiple days.
May 20: The Antique Engine and Tractor Show will be at Stockert Youth Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Strawberry Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chamber and Visitors Center on East Main Street. Strawberries are sole by the pint for $5 and all proceeds go directly to the farmer.
The Sweetest Berry Competition will be at the Courthouse Plaza from 3 to 4 p.m. Twelve judges, all 12 years old, will taste-test to find the sweetest berry.
The Strawberry Auction will be held at the Courthouse plaza starting at 4:30 p.m. The best of the farmers produce is auctioned off to the highest bidder. All the proceeds will go back to the farmer.
The Strawberry Basket Competition will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Courthouse Plaza. Baskets of one quart, but less than two quarts, will be judged on design, originality, creativity and workmanship.
The Fireman’s Parade will be on Strawberry Lane starting at 6:30 p.m. Some might say that this is probably the largest Fireman’s Parade in W. Va., with over 100 units including fire trucks and emergency squads.
Party Gras will be on Main Street from 7 to 11 p.m. Special groups will provide a variety of entertainment including pop, rock, bluegrass, country and more.
May 21: The Strawberry Mile will begin at 10 a.m. The run down Strawberry Lane will start at Academy School and end at the Bicentennial Inn, where awards will be given to the winners.
The Antique Car Parade will begin at 12:30 p.m., just before the Grand Feature parade.
The Grand Feature Parade will be on Strawberry Lane from 1 to 2 p.m.
Strawberry Idol will start at 5:30 p.m. It is a showcase of the area’s most gifted performers. The location for this event will be announced at a later date.
Party Gras will last from 7 to 11 p.m. on Main Street.
May 21-May 22: Irish Road Bowling will be held on Turkey Run Road. The time for this event will be announced later.
Pistol Matches & Brassmasters competition will start at 9 a.m. on May 21 and end May 22 at 10 a.m. Watch or participate in the Strawberry 1800 &EIC Service Pistol matches, hosted at the Bassmaster’s Range at the White Horse Center.
May 22: The Jack Barker Canoe Race will begin at 10 a.m. on Wood Street.
The Gospel Sing will bring the top names in southern gospel to Buckhannon from 2 to 3 p.m. The location will be announced at a later date.