Saturday, Apr 27, 2019 at 10:00am
The ramp or wild leek, is a wild onion native to North America. The bulb resembles a scallion, but the flat, broad leaves set it apart. According to John Mariani, author of “The Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink,” the word ramp comes from “rams,” or “ramson,” an Elizabethan dialect version of the wild garlic.
Ramps grow from Tennessee to Canada, and in many areas they are considered a spring delicacy and even a reason for celebration. The flavor and odor of ramps is usually compared to a strong garlic.
The festival brings hundreds to the camp each year to enjoy the traditional meal while bluegrass music is played. The traditional meal includes ramps fried in eggs, streaked meat, fried potatoes, white beans and cornbread. All proceeds are used for the operation and the upkeep of Camp McCroy.
Admission is Free
10:00am - 2:00pm: Ramp Meal – Fried ramps in eggs, fried potatoes, streaked meat, white beans and cornbread with drink. Spend the day enjoying Bluegrass and Gospel music and old-time fellowship while enjoying a meal of fried ramps in eggs, fried potatoes, streaked meat, white beans and cornbread. Local craftsman have handmade articles for sale. Also the famous “Ramp” hot dogs will be available. Crafts all Day!
Live Music in the Main Building
10:00am: Polk County Ramp Festival OPENS with Flag Raising Ceremony
10:10am: Bring out those buck dancing and clogging shoes for Bluegrass Music from Ben Callihan and The Misfits!
11:00am: Music from Cedar Ridge Bluegrass
12noon: Welcome by Polk County Executive, Awards for oldest, youngest, largest family and the one traveling the farthest to attend. Door Prizes throughout the day!
1:00pm: Bluegrass Music from Connection 27
JOIN FOR JUST $16 A YEAR