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What's a ramp? Known variously as the ramson, the buckram, and wild garlic, the ramp, or Allium tricoccum , is the North American wild leek. It's found throughout Appalachia, which includes Greene County and neighboring West Virginia. The flavor is similar to that of garlic, but earthier. Many people cultivate their very own ramps and harvest them in the spring.
The centerpiece of any ramp festival is food, and plenty of it. There are twelve food vendors, including the inestimable Walter Danna, who will also demonstrate the art of cooking with ramps. You can sample ramp wine, Pat's ramp butter, ramp burgers, the excellent fare prepared by the folks from Taylortown Church, fried potatoes and ramps, Martha & Michelle baked goods, Uncle Jim's Donuts, sweet sausage sandwiches, fries, onion rings, sassafras tea, our legendary ramp sampler plate, whiskey jams and jellies, canned peppers and salsas, funnel cakes, and beer battered deep fried ramps. We also offer our famous Mason-Dixon Dog, whose bun is topped with chili, coleslaw, kraut, and ramps, all for just a buck. Wow!
In addition to live musical performances throughout the weekend, and a plethora of local crafters, with have numerous exhibitors. Greene County's adorable and exotic Lippencott Alpacas will be on hand. You can visit a display of antique steam engines; they're loud, they're smelly, and always a big hit with the kids. For a real spiritual lift, Sunday begins with an open air church service bright and early at 9AM, so pack the kids in the car, worship amidst our lovely surroundings, and spend the day.
Admission and parking is always free. Don't forget to sign up at the Mason-Dixon Park booth for your chance to win lovely door prizes. We're also raffling an exquisite and handmade powderhorn by Earl Wayne Lemley and a hunting knife made by Harold Haines. Just the thing for the outdoorsman or history buff in your life.
If your're an active duty servicemember, or a U. S. military veteran, visit the Park booth and get a free Mason Dixon Dog. All you can eat. A whole meal on a bun. It's the least we can do.
Ramp festivals always last two days. Two whole days of fun and food, April 27th and 28th, from 10AM until 6PM each day. Arrive an hour early for the Sunday church service in the great out-of-doors. Come and shake off the winter doldrums and cabin fever with us!