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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. You can sample ramp wine, Pat's ramp butter, ramp burgers, fried potatoes and ramps, Michelle's baked goods, Uncle Jim's Donuts, sweet sausage sandwiches, fries, onion rings, sassafras tea, jams and jellies, canned peppers and salsas, funnel cakes, and beer battered deep fried ramps. Returning from last Fall's Frontier Festival is the popular Kettle Corn booth! We also offer our famous Mason-Dixon Dog, whose bun is topped with chili, coleslaw, kraut, and ramps, all for just a buck. Wow!
This year's performers are: the ever-popular 501 Band, my personal favorite Granny Blosser, Matt Sherman, Nic-a Tyme, Brandon Howdershelt, Heart Beat, Pastor Al Flaitz, Roger Cutright, Al Anderson, and Ryan Cain. Something for everyone...gospel, country. oldies, all performed with love by local musicians.
In addition to live musical performances throughout the weekend, and a plethora of local crafters, we'll have numerous exhibitors. 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.
If you'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 23th and 24th, from 10AM until 5PM 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!
For your listening and viewing pleasure, we present "Give Me Some," a music video by The Loose Change Band recorded in Erie, Pennsylvania. It's a song about spring and the edible goodness that are ramps. Click here.