60th Annual Polk County Tennessee Ramp Tramp Festival

April 27 & 28, 2018
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 27 & 28, 2018
Camp McCroy, 1058 Hwy 30, Reliance, TN 37369

Polk County Tennessee Ramp Tramp Festival Schedule

Friday April 27

Bluegrass & Beans

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.

7PM-8PM Double Cross
8PM–9PM Connection 27

Saturday April 28

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. Crafts all Day!

Live Music in the Main Building and Special Guests performing at the Polk County Chamber tent: Chris Rodrigues & Abby the Spoon Lady sponsored by the Polk County Chamber of Commerce.

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

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

11am: Music from John Brown and Company

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 from No Place To Hide

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