Polk County Tennessee Ramp Tramp Festival

April 19-22, 2017
Camp McCroy, 1058 Hwy 30, Reliance, TN 37369

Ramps FestivalThe 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’re considered a spring delicacy and even a reason for celebration.  The flavor and odor of ramps is usually compared to a strong garlic.

The Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival was started in 1958 by 4-H club members and volunteers who ”tramped” up the Big Frog Mountain in Polk County, TN to enjoy a hike on a spring day as well as a ramp meal. Today, that same traditional spirit lives on during the annual Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival.

Today’s festival is held at the Polk County 4-H Camp (Camp McCroy) on the fourth Saturday in April.

Playing On The Planet on stage Saturday at 11am

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.

April 19-22, 2017
Camp McCroy, 1058 Hwy 30, Reliance, TN 37369

Polk County Tennessee Ramp Tramp Festival Schedule

Wednesday April 19

8am: Digging the Ramps

Join the Ramp Trampers as they take an all day hike up into the Appalachia Mountains to gather ramps for our annual festival. The caravan of ramp trampers will meet at the Polk County Courthouse in Benton, TN at 8am and will return by 4pm.

Bring you own digging tools, and a jacket the mountain is slightly colder.

Lunch will be provided.

Thursday April 20

Rain date for digging ramps.

Friday April 21

Preparing the Ramps & Live Music

After digging the ramps volunteers are needed to clean them in preperation for the festival meal. From 10am-3pm volunteers will enjoy fun and fellowship while the ramps are cleaned and the cornbread is prepared.

7pm: the festival kicks off with the Bluegrass and Beans night. Enjoy the Bluegrass and Gospel music while you consume a bowl of white beans, cornbread, and raw ramps.

Saturday April 22

Admission is FREE.
10am-2pm: Ramp Meal – Fried ramps in eggs, fried potatoes, streaked meat, white beans and cornbread with drink. Spend the day enjoying Bluegrass & 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.

10am: Polk County Ramp Festival OPENS with Flag Raising Ceremony

10:15am: Bring out those buck dancing & clogging shoes for Bluegrass Music from Ben Callihan & The Misfits!

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!

1pm: More Bluegrass Music!

Polk County Tennessee Ramp Tramp Festival – Location & Driving Directions

Near Benton, Tennessee on Hwy. 30

After turning off U.S. Hwy 64 onto Hwy 30, Camp McCroy will be 2.5 miles on the right.

Contact us for more information: 423-338-4503