Of Hillbillies and Ramps

Two big events that are weather sensitive are on tap this weekend. Tony gives Hillbillies and Ramson fans the thumbs up with a cool twist.

Fall-like Weekend Ahead

Some welcomed rains finally broke thru on Friday evening with many areas getting a quarter of an inch of much-needed April showers.

In addition to quelling the brush fire threat (remember burning is banned in West Virginia and much of Kentucky until further notice), the rains also helped to cleanse the air of all that tree pollen. Talk to gardeners and landscapers and you will hear the laments of “watering gardens and lawns this early in the season”.

Anyway, the cold front responsible for Friday evening’s rains will be long gone by dawn Saturday. Behind this front a taste of mid autumn cool will arrive. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature a beautiful array of towering clouds amidst peaks of sunshine. Crepuscular rays of sun will fan out of the afternoon clouds as if a sign from heaven.

In addition a stiff north breeze will usher in a chilly late season air mass. Afternoon temperatures on Saturday will range from 60 atop the Cut-thru in Pikeville to only 50 on the Cherry River in Richwood.

Of course I selected Pikeville and Richwood as my pick cities for the weekend purposely. You see on Saturday, the “Ramp Capital of the World”, Richwood, is hosting the 72nd annual Feast of Ramson while Hillbilly Days 2010 streamrolls ahead in Pikeville.

Specifically, the ramp feast is held at home of the Richwood High Lumberjacks. Here your breakfast or lunch plate will be piled up with ham and bacon, taters, beans and cornbread all served with a healthy order of freshly picked and lightly seasoned ramps. The feed starts at 10:30 and runs for 5 mouth watering hours until 3:30.

In addition to the feast, there will be an Art and Craft show in the junior high gym and Ms. Ramp Festival will be crowned.

About 100 miles southwest as the crow flies from Nicholas County, Pikeville has swelled to some 100,000 people plus this weekend for the annual Hillbilly gathering. Hambly Boulevard is jammed with Hillbillies from all 50 states, Canada and Mexico making this special event an “international affair”.


On Saturday there will be country music from dawn until midnight on the Expo Center main stage with the annual Hillbilly Parade slated for 2 pm. I did the parade the past few years and will tell you that the Hillbillies who line the Boulevard treat all participants like rock stars.

Best to keep a jacket or sweater handy this weekend even by day as clouds and a cool wind will blow throughout. At night, the air will feel cold by sunset with frost likely by Sunday morning.

So get set for a big spring weekend ahead, one that feels more like late October. Football anyone?
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