By now, Buckwheat Master Al Smith already has the sour dough starter bubbling away in giant stainless containers. Over the next few days it’ll ripen to sour perfection for the festival that starts on Friday, April 9th at 10 am. From then until closing on Sunday afternoon, Al and his crew will make more than 10,000 buckwheat and regular pancakes to go along with the home fries, applesauce, whole hog sausage and sweet pickles that make up each festival dinner. This is old fashioned country fun with friendly people, beautiful scenery and lots of other arts and crafts vendors. And it’s all for a great cause – the Ohiopyle-Stewart Volunteer Fire Company and the Ohiopyle Community Center. Bring your bikes for a ride on the fabulous trail and bring your appetite for some of the most authentic and delicious buckwheats you’ve ever eaten. Look for me. I’ll be the one eating sweetpickles with my cakes.