The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 16, 2012

Richwood getting ready for ramps

The Richwood Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its annual ramp festival, the Feast of the Ramson.

Richwood High School will host the 74th annual ramp fest from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Prepare for feasting and fun — activities include a ramp recipe contest, arts and crafts show, live music and cloggers.

There are plenty of reasons to come and check out the Feast of the Ramson, but most important is the ramp itself.

Richwood has been named the Ramp Capital of the World — and with good reason. This year marks the feast’s 74th year and Nancy Leffingwell, executive director of the chamber, says some people have been coming to the festival for nearly 40 years.

“It’s sort of like a spring get-together,” Leffingwell said. “It was a small group of people who started this thing, and it’s grown every year.”

For those who have never experienced ramps, this festival is a great place to try them out.

“You don’t know until you try it. It’s something different,” Leffingwell said.

The menu will consist of ramps, ham and bacon, potatoes and brown beans, cornbread, desserts, sassafras tea, coffee and other drinks.

“When you sit down to eat it, it looks like a simple thing. It’s just ramps and potatoes and beans and you think it’s not a big deal, but it’s getting the ramps in there that’s the big deal.”

She said one ramp dinner takes approximately 1 pound of ramps. More than 1,200 pounds of ramps have been collected, cleaned and process-ed for this dinner.

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To enter the ramp recipe contest, you must bring your own original recipe already prepared.

The entry fee is $10 and two prizes will be awarded. First prize will receive $75 and second prize will receive $50.

The arts and craft show will be from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. across the street at the Red Gym. Leffingwell expects around 100 crafters to be at the show.

Entertainment for the ev-ening will include Colton Pack, Cactus Kickers, and Donna Spievey.

Colton Pack is a high school junior from Danese who has been working on his country music singing career in Nash-ville.

The Cactus Kickers, a group of cloggers from Summers-ville, will also perform.

Finally, the Hickory Hills Song Bird herself, Donna Spievey, will perform. She is the lead singer of a Carolina bluegrass band.

The dinner will cost $15 for adults at the door and $7 for children age 12 and under.

For more information or to enter the ramp recipe contest, call 304-846-6790 or visit www.richwoodchamberofcommerce.org.

— E-mail: wholdren@register-herald.com

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