RICHWOOD, WV (LOOTPRESS) – What many old-timers refer to as a springtime tradition — Richwood’s 82nd Feast of the Ransom — brought hundreds to the downtown area that was devastated in the 2016 Flood of the Century.
The “Feast,” headlined by mountain-grown ramps, was held at the Moose Lodge this past Saturday. High school and middle school construction kept it from being held at the usual grade school location.
After canceling the event last year due to the Covid pandemic, the local chamber of commerce and others began planning this year’s event.
The response was overwhelming as the line stretched from the Moose Lodge door to nearby streets and parking lots. Despite the approximately 1,000 hungry souls who showed up, volunteers efficiently and quickly dipped the food cafeteria-style.
Tables were arranged inside and outside the lodge building with dozens of “to-go” meals also served. Diners got their fill of ramps, fried potatoes, brown beans, cornbread, ham and bacon. Desserts were plentiful, as well as Gub’s Sassafras Tea and cold drinks.
The sassafras tea, another local tradition, was the go-to choice of many attendees seeking to quench their thirst on a bright, sunny day. The cost for the entire meal was $15. with the pungent ramps — that look similar to green onions but which have a much stronger smell — as the center of attraction.
Visitors who walked down nearby Main Street could see the signs of a business district returning to life after the June flood ravaged the town five years ago. Restaurants have opened and various shops are beginning to fill the once-depleted storefronts.
At least one local restaurant features “ramp burgers” and another occasionally serves ramp meals. The level of ramp adoration has resulted in many calling Richwood “the ramp capital of the world.”
Outside, there was a sampling of Appalachian music along with a unique Arts & Crafts Show.
Planning is already underway for next year’s event. For more information, contact the Richwood Chamber of Commerce at 304-846-6790.