The “granddaddy of all Appalachian ramp feeds” celebrated its 80th anniversary this year in Richwood, the self-proclaimed “ramp capital of the world.” The long-time hub of the event, Richwood High School, no longer stands after the June 2016 flood, but the event has carried on at Cherry River Elementary School. Surrounding events, including live music and crafts, take place downtown.
Ryan McClung, the “Ramp Daddy,” carries the responsibility of cooking 500 pounds of the wild mountain herb with a pungent, distinctive odor that’s gained it a famous reputation. The numbers appeared smaller this year than in past years, due mainly to the crowds divided between the feed and festival at each end of town. Richwood High School is missed by many, but the trade-off of keeping the smell of cooking ramps away from the festival isn’t all bad.