DATES

April 24 & 25, 2020

LOCATION

4-H Camp McCroy
1058 Hwy 30
Reliance, TN 37369

Polk County Tennessee Ramp Tramp Festival

62nd Annual Polk County Tennessee Ramp Tramp Festival

April 24 & 25, 2020
Camp McCroy, 1058 Hwy 30, Reliance, TN 37369

Ramps FestivalThe ramp or wild leek, is a wild lily 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 are considered a spring delicacy and even a reason for celebration.  The flavor and odor of ramps is usually compared to a strong garlic.

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.

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

All proceeds are used for the operation and the upkeep of Camp McCroy.

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.

SCHEDULE

Friday April 24, 2020

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.

MUSIC:
7PM-8PM
8PM–9PM

Saturday April 25, 2020

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

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

10:10am: Bring out those buck dancing & clogging shoes for Bluegrass Music from

11am: Music from

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: Bluegrass Music from

HISTORY

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.

Camp McCroy, 1058 Hwy 30, Reliance, TN 37369