34th annual Ramp Festival welcomes hundreds to Flag Pond


The 34th annual Ramp Festival took over the Flag Pond community in Unicoi County today. 

The event draws hundreds from across the regions, all to get their hands on a vegetable that they otherwise couldn’t’. 

Ramps are native to the Appalachian Mountains, and you may be wondering… what exactly is a ramp? 

Well, here’s your answer from an expert. 

“It’s a wild onion or garlic grown in the mountains that we go gather, said volunteer Clement Desso. “You only gather them once a year so we go ramp picking. It’s once a year and you gotta go and get a lot of ramps.”

Music, vendors, and activities made up the festival this afternoon along with, of course, picking, buying and selling ramps. 

Today’s festival was sponsored by the Flag Pong Ruritan Club. 

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