Funny thing happened to me on the way to a Top 10 weekend. The stomach bug hit me hard. But thanks to a day off and some help from the good Doctor, Jose Ricard, I am feeling better this Friday evening! Just in time too as the weekend weather is guaranteed to be 100% proof delightful! So Hillbillies from across the globe visiting Pikeville and Ramp Fest fans heading to Richwood high, lather up with the sunscreen before venturing out this weekend since it doesn’t get any better than this!
Here’s a specific game plan for your weekend…call it a TC Blueprint to Spring
Pikeville, Kentucky; Home of Hillbilly Days
The harsh freezes of early April have harmed the fruit crop in Eastern Kentucky. Apples, pears and peaches will be spotty at best come summer. Atop Peach Orchard Mountain, overlooking Pikeville, some of the sweetest peaches this side of Georgia are known to grow. Not so this year thanks to the Easter freeze. Still, the city below the mountain is alive with the sounds and sights of the season this weekend as Hillbilly Days are underway.
With the glitz of a Tin Lizzy and the Raz-Mattaz of the Pikeville Panther marching band, Hillbillys from around the world (yes, there are Aussie hillys, billys from the Alps and even O-Canada billys) have converged on the Cut-Thru for a weekend of good old fashioned Appalachian music, fun and food. Did I forget to mention that the weather will be delightful?
Highs on both Saturday and Sunday will crest between 75 and 80 officially, but my suspicion is the downtown temperature on along the parade route will read as high as 85 on bank thermometers thanks to the enthusiasm of some 100,000 Hillbillys. If you are taking in the parade, load up with some SPF 40 as you soak in the fun and sun! After the parade, Saturday night concert temperatures will fall into the 50s, so tie a jacket around your waist before heading out for the evening.
Check out all the fun at the official website for the world’s biggest Billy gathering!
Richwood, WV; Ramp Capital of the World and Home of the Feast of Ransom
For 69 years now, the Richwood Chamber of Commerce has co-sponsored the annual spring festival known as the “One and Only Appalachian Ramp Feed”. Thriving in the wilds of West Virginia, the ramp flourishes in the damp and cold mountain climate of late winter-early spring. A member of the wild leek family, the ramp is traditionally consumed as the first “green” of the season. Served with a healthy plate of beans and cornbread and sliced potatoes, breakfast doesn’t get any better than this!.
Starting at 11AM, at Richwood High an old fashioned Appalachian breakfast will be served to visitors taking in the sights and “scents” of the Feast of Ransom. John Marra tells me once you eat ramps, you can smell it for a few days IN EVERYTHING YOU DO AND ALL THAT YOU WEAR.
Before or after you feast on the ramps, stop by the Junior High for the annual Art and Craft Fair and of course all day long, live music from the “Time Travelers’ will add a distinct down-home Appy flair to the day’s festivities in beautiful Richwood WV..
Sunrise temperatures will hover below freezing with Jack Frost painting the landscape a pearly white. By lunchtime, shirt sleeves will be in fashion when the temperature jumps to 60 and for late afternoon dinner servings, the high will touch 70 magical degrees!