So you ask…What in the world is a Ramp Tramp Festival? Well, I asked myself that same question. A ramp is a wild plant that grows in mountainous regions. It is a member of the lily family. It smells very much like an onion and garlic mix and is mostly found in elevations of 3000 feet or higher. In the mountains, we love to celebrate...even a ramp!
You can join the Ramp Trampers as they take an all day hike up into the Appalachia Mountains to gather ramps for the annual festival. The caravan of ramp trampers will meet at the Polk County Courthouse in Benton, TN at 8am and will return by 4pm. After digging the ramps, volunteers are needed to clean them in preparation for the festival meal. From 10am-3pm on Friday, volunteers will enjoy fun and fellowship while the ramps are cleaned and the cornbread is prepared.
Then Friday, April 26th at 7pm will begin the 55th annual ramp tramp festival! You will celebrate at Camp McCroy (the Polk County 4-H camp) with Bluegrass and Beans night! You will also enjoy cornbread and the ramps! On Saturday at 10, you will enjoy a variety of Bluegrass music and old time fellowship while enjoying a meal of fried ramps in eggs, fried potatoes, streaked meat, white beans, and corn bread. Lunch will be served from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Come out and enjoy the fun and see why people love living in the mountains!