The Fourth Annual Shortline Ramp Festival will be held Saturday, April 8 at the Robert C. Byrd Center in Pine Grove.
The day has plenty of activities for all festival-goers. There will be games, live bluegrass music, a 5K run/walk, inflatable bounce house and obstacle course, box car races for all ages, contests and prizes, a photo booth, vendors, chicken bingo, and plenty of tasty ramp-related treats.
This year's ramp dinner will be prepared by the Short Line Engineer Energy Kids. The menu will include soup beans with ramps, boiled potatoes with ramps, cornbread with ramps, dessert, and drink. The cost for the dinner is $7.50. Tickets can be purchased in advance from any of the Shortline Engineer Energy Kids, and proceeds benefit the kids' trip to Washington D.C. for the annual National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project. Proceeds from the 5K will also benefit the SLS NEED program.
Short Line Elementary School student Sean designed the winning event logo for the Shortline Ramp Festival.
The following items/crafts will be for sale by vendors and crafters: Scentsy; Younique Cosmetics; Lularoe Clothing; handmade wreaths; Easter baskets, handmade soap, cards, dog treats; Ramp popcorn (from the Short Line Relay for Life), Wetzel County Hopes and Memories' ramp food, cupcakes, t-shirts, and cookies; and Makleigh Bassett's fresh made ramps by the bundle.
As to the box car races, the following age divisions will be allowed: 2-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-18, 19 and older.
Trophies will be awarded for first place in each division, and races will be conducted in age groups. The racer must decorate his or her race car (cardboard box) his or herself; however, an adult may assist. Racers to the age of 18 must decorate the car at the festival. Race car wheels will not touch the ground, and each child racer must have an adult pit crew member. The pit crew members will change front driver's tire with the spare tire, which will be provided and will be a bright color, so everyone knows the tire was changed.
Ramp Festival Schedule of Events
9 a.m. - 5K Run/Walk (Registration at 8 a.m.)
9:30 a.m. - Kids Decorate Box for Box Car Race
10 a.m. - Kids Box Car Race and Adults Box Car Race
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Race Car Drivers Travis Brown, Scott Irvin, and Sonny Conley
10:30 a.m. - Ramp Cook Off
11 a.m. - Raising of the Flag and National Anthem
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Children's games and prizes
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Indoor Crafters/Vendors
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Outdoor Flea Market
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Live Bluegrass Music
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Ramp Dinner
Noon - Blessing of the Bikes
12:15 p.m. - Ramp Tasting Contest
1 p.m. - Little Miss/Mr. Contest
1 p.m. - Horseshoe Tournament
2:30 p.m. - Awards Presentation
Racers will remain in their car while the tire is changed. There will be no entry fee.
There is also no registration fee for the first item entered in the ramp cook-off. Participants must register prior to April 8. Booth number will be assigned at festival check-in, and participatns are responsible for all supplies and food. Additional items may be entered by paying $5.
Sample servings of judged items must be sold for 25 cents for the People's Choice award. Larger servings may be sold at vendor's set price. Participants keep all proceeds from sales. Voting will be held at a centralized location, and the People's Choice Award will be chosen in the business category, individual category, and on-profit category.
All food should be prepared in a kitchen that has been approved by the health department, by a cook who has a valid food handler's card.
Shuttle service will be provided from Valley High School to the festival at the Byrd Center and the park. This is a free service and will run continually during the festival.
Registration forms for the 5K, which will begin at 9 a.m., can be picked up at Simon's Market, Mason's Filling Station, the Pitstop, and the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce office.
Sponsors of the Shortline Ramp Festival include "Gold Sponsors" Markwest Energy and Dominion Resources, along with the following "Bronze Sponsors:" American Legion Rider Chapter #28 New Martinsville, Author Tamala Workman, Gump's Septic and Portable Restrooms, Holiday Inn & Suites, J.C. Mensore Distributors, Jacksonburg Pitstop, New Martinsville Church of God, Palmer's Funeral Home, Riggenbach Tile & Carpet, Shoe Sensation, Simon's Market, Sistersville Pharmacy, Town of Pine Grove, Rick Barr, Valley Diner, Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce, Wetzel County CVB, Williams' Funeral Home, Witschey's Food and Pharmacy. "Friends of the Event" are Anderson Orthodontics, Dick and Vicki Reed, Greg and Nancy Richmond, Grisell Funeral Home, New Martinsville Lion's Club and S&S Diamonds and Fine Jewelry.
For more information on the Shortline Ramp Festival, be sure to check out the "Shortline Ramp Festival" Facebook page.
This year's event will be held in memory of the late Steve Wright. Wright was a Pine Grove resident who played a big part in the planning of the previous three Ramp Fests.