‘Duck Dynasty’s’ John Godwin to appear at Ramp Tramp Festival


A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” star John Godwin will appear at the 59th Annual Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival on April 22, according to the Ramp Tramp Festival and Polk County Chamber of Commerce.

Godwin will be at the Chamber of Commerce tent signing autographs and welcoming folks to the festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The festival will be held at the Greasy Creek 4-H Campground in Polk County April 19 through 22.

Godwin grew up hunting deer with his father, but once introduced to the world of waterfowl, he became captivated by duck calls. He placed third as a teenager in his first calling contest after Phil Robertson "tuned up" his call to make it ready for competition.

Godwin has worked for Duck Commander since 2002.

He said, "working for Duck Commander has been a blessing.”

He has spoken at all kinds of events, sharing his experiences working for The Robertsons, hunting, fishing, marriage, adoption and what God has done in his life.

The Polk County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Godwin at the 2017 Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival.

The Ramp Tramp Festival will also offer attendees bluegrass and gospel music as well as a traditional ramp meal of ramps in eggs, white beans, cornbread, potatoes and streaked meat. The meal will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 children under 12.

There will be plenty of homemade cakes and pies served to top of the meal of ramps. The 4-H ramp hot dogs will be a special treat for the kids.

Local crafters will be showing off their skills. Crafts scheduled for display and sale are baby items, soaps and lotions, candles, pillows, baskets, wood working, honey products, jewelry, lawn ornaments, etc.

Booth space is still available.

The festival begins on Wednesday, April 19, at 8 a.m. at the Polk County Courthouse. A caravan of ramp trampers will meet and then take an all-day hike into the Appalachia Mountains to gather the ramps for the annual festival.

Those wishing to hunt ramps should bring their own digging tools and a jacket, since the mountain is slightly cooler.

On Friday, April 21, the ramps will be cleaning and preparing the ramps for the festival. At 7 p.m., the festival will kick off with Bluegrass and Beans night. There will be bluegrass and gospel music to listen to while consuming a bowl of white beans, cornbread and raw ramps.

On Saturday, April 22, the fried ramps in eggs, fried potatoes, streaked meat, white beans and cornbread will be served. There will be bluegrass and gospel music as well as handmade articles from local craftsmen.

All proceeds benefit the Polk County 4-H camping program.




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