The Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival will celebrate 56 years of Ramps during the 2014 festival held April 23-26.
In 1958 a group of 4-H volunteers, 4-H members, and young farmers and homemakers from Polk and Bradley counties “tramped” up Big Frog Mountain to harvest and feast on one of nature’s first mountain herbs.
Although the trip up Big Frog is not a part of today’s Ramp Tramp Festival, the tradition continues in festival form with food, fun and fellowship at the Polk County 4-H Camp (Camp McCroy) in Reliance.
The 2014 festival committee is preparing for another great Ramp Tramp Festival with activities and events.
The Ramp Tramp Festival will kick off Friday night, April 25, with the festival’s “Bluegrass and Beans.”
Bluegrass and Gospel music will be preformed by “County Line” and “The Fredonia Bluegrass Band.”
Enjoy the music while you feast on white beans, fried potatoes, cornbread, and raw ramps.
The music continues on Saturday with the main event kicking off at 10 a.m. with the flag raising by area veterans.
Bluegrass music by Playing on the Planet begins at 10 a.m., The Misfits perform at 11 a.m. and Reliance at 12:30 p.m.
Door prizes will be given away throughout the day.
Craft vendors will be displaying and selling their handmade crafts.
The traditional meal of ramps in eggs, streaked meat, white beans, cornbread and potatoes will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Also, the traditional awards of oldest, youngest, largest, family and the one traveling the farthest will be presented.
April 23 will be the traditional Ramp Tramp. A group of Ramp Trampers will travel into the mountains to gather the ramps.
Anyone interested in attending this all-day event should meet at the Polk County Courthouse at 8 a.m. In case of rain, the Ramp Tramp dig will be April 24.
The Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival is held at Camp McCroy in the Greasy Creek Community of Polk County.
Proceeds go to the operation and maintenance of the Polk County 4-H Camp (Camp McCroy).