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Flag Pond’s Ramp Festival set to return May 14

Members and friends of the Flag Pond Ruritan will fry plenty of potatoes, ramps and bacon for hungry festival attendees.

By Richard Rourk

After two years of cancellations and restructuring due to the pandemic, the mountain community of Flag Pond will once again hold its traditional Ramp Festival.

“Yes, there will be a Ramp Festival this year,” announced Flag Pond Ruritan Club President Richard Waldrop.

The long-running favorite way to kick off the spring season is making its return on Saturday, May 14, at the old Flag Pond School.

“I think this is the 36th year for the festival,” Waldrop said.

“We missed two years due to COVID, and now we are excited to bring the tradition back to Flag Pond.”

The ramps, the main attraction of the annual festival, often sell out early during the day-long festivities.

Ramps are classified as a North American species of wild onion or leek that is widespread across eastern Canada and the eastern United States and emerges in the spring.

Vendors, fun activities and music are some other Ramp Festival ingredients.

“Music will be provided, but I am not sure who the groups are who will be playing,” Waldrop said. “We are still signing talent up.”

Guests are encouraged to come early, come hungry and plan on a fun-filled day to celebrate the ramp, which has evolved from a mountain springtime staple to an Appalachian

culinary delicacy.

“We expect a big crowd on May 14,” Waldrop said. “The festival usually runs from noon until 4 p.m.”

Members of the sponsoring Flag Pond Ruritan will be on hand to cook up meals centered

around ramps.

“The meals will be $10 a plate,” Waldrop said. “The meals include beans, ramps, bacon, cornbread, potatoes, dessert and a drink. Hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available.”