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April 26, 2004 Updated Daily by 6pm

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Ramps, Ramps and More Ramps
Sunny Day Brings Hundreds to Festival

(The Inter-Mountain/Joe Blankenship)
RAMPIN’ IT UP — Several hundred people swarmed the Elkins City Park Saturday for the 14th annual International Ramp Festival and Cook-off. The fun included local entertainment, taste-testing and various games and activities. Participating in the festivities was cook-off judge Delegate Allen Evans, R-48th District, above, who appears to enjoy himself as he pops an entry into his mouth.

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Amid a several-day stretch of rain, the sun appeared Saturday just in time to brighten up the Elkins City Park for the 14th annual International Ramp Festival and Cook-off.
Sponsored by the Ramp Festival Bureau of the city of Elkins and the Randolph County Convention and Visitors Bureau, this year’s event attracted hundreds of people to the park to taste, smell and cook West Virginia’s most fragrant vegetable.
“It went well,” said Randolph County Chamber of Commerce and CVB Director Brenda Pritt. “The weather was perfect. It makes or breaks the ramp festival. It turned out very nice.”
Pritt said that at any one time, there were 300 to 400 people milling about the park, enjoying local entertainment, taking part in games and activities and sampling the many varieties of ramp-flavored food cooked up by vendors.
More than $1,600 was awarded in prizes for the now infamous ramp cook-off. The “ramped up steak sandwich” prepared by Melanie Campbell from the Mingo Room captured the $500 top prize. Campbell also won the most repugnant award and was given a basket full of breath mints and Listerine.
Other winners included: second place, Terri Weiford and Heather Harman with the Randolph County Emergency Squad, $400 for their “ramp dogs;” third place, Joe Gainer and Zoe with WDNE FM, $300 for Canadian ramps; fourth place, Liz Marshall with TESI Catering, $200 for ramp chowder; and fifth place, Greg Binns with Good Energy Foods, $100 for low-carb ramp wraps.
The best booth $50 award was given to WDNE AM’s Howie and Nick for their Formula 12-40 theme. Fox’s Pizza won $100 in a cooks raffle drawing. In the Taster’s Choice competition, the crowd voted Sunken Garden Day’s Inn as their favorite. The Sunken Garden was awarded a gift package to Snowshoe Mountain.
The sunshine may have made the Ramp Festival but Mountain State Forest Festival organizers were wishing for rain over the weekend.
The MSFF Gun Show on Saturday and Sunday had about 3,000 people for the event. In past years the gun show has boasted as many as 7,000 people. “I wish it would have rained,” said the MSFF’s Bryan McLaughlin. “But I am glad that the Ramp Festival was successful because of the weather.”
The event featured approximately 50 venders. “Some vendors sold up to 50 or 60 guns,” McLaughlin said. “I am actually very pleased all things considering.”


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