Band Invitation

Through our long history and success with providing exciting Band Programs, we have become known as one of the most enjoyable, relaxing and education festivals to attend. You will find Buckhannon as one of the friendliest and safest places to bring students. Through the years, we have attracted bands from 42 states, the District of Columbia, Mexico, Canada, the US Virgin Islands, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Italy, Sweden and France. All of these groups have led to the West Virginia Strawberry Festival becoming on of the largest and most outstanding celebrations of its kind in the Eastern United States.

The West Virginia Strawberry Festival is held in Buckhannon, West Virginia. Buckhannon is centrally located in the heart of West Virginia, 4.5 hours from Washington D.C., 2 hours from Pittsburgh, PA, 3.5 hours from Columbus OH, and 7 hours from New York City. Include a visit to one of these cities as part of your West Virginia Strawberry Festival experience!

Thursday, May 13: 
  Courthouse Plaza Entertainment
  Junior Royalty Parade
Friday, May 14: 
  Courthouse Plaza Entertainment
  Jazz Band Competition
  Concert Band Competition
  Orchestra Competition
  Fireman's Parade
Saturday, May 15:
  Grand Feature Parade
  Award Ceremony
  Field Exhibition
**Jazz Competition and Grand Feature Parade events offer Nationally Acclaimed Adjudicators!**

The campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College plays host to many of the Band Activities and Competitions. Dorm housing and meals are available for visiting bands. The campus accommodates over 1,000 people in its nine Georgian-styled residence halls. The halls offer basic accommodations with a limited number of air-conditioned rooms. Students have the opportunity to experience college life for a few days! Area motel contacts are also provided in the Band Packets (available to be sent to you, upon request).

BAND AWARDS Award Money for the top Grand Feature Parade Bands

  • Trophies awarded to winning bands
  • Plaques awarded to winning Auxiliary units in the Grand Feature Parade

Please download our Band Handbook for more details. For additional information, please see our FESTIVAL CONTACTS:
    Lee Winters, Band Coordinator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 215-696-4491
    Sandra Bennett, WVSF President: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.| 304-472-9310
    Headquarters Phone: 304-472-9036
    Grand Feature Parade Application    
    Band Handbook    Band Info


  • The Grand Feature Parade is viewed by over 100,000 spectators lining the 2.5 mile route
  • Another 450,000 households in the Tri-State area view the parade via CBS/Fox Network Affiliates
  • The Grand Feature Parade is live streamed throughout the entire world
  • All Festival Events are within walking distance of West Virginia Wesleyan College
  • Outstanding WVSF Guides are available to assist your band during your festival visit
  • Free nightly entertainment on WV Wesleyan College Campus
  • Public Concerts available
  • We can assist you with your travel arrangements, including scheduling your trip to Buckhannon and return trip home
  • The Carnival is open nightly
  • Area tours available (info included with Band Packets, available upon request)