Annual Ramps & Rail Festival approaching

The fifth annual Ramps and Rail Festival is returning to the Town Square in downtown Elkins on April 27.

The festival will kick off at 10 a.m. with the opening of food and craft vendors, and a formal welcoming is set for 10:30 a.m. by Elkins Mayor Van Broughton.

Many local crafters and food vendors will sell specialty items and unique ramp dishes. Throughout the day, the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite vendors. A presentation of plaques to winners will be at 5 p.m.

Music will begin at 11 a.m. with Appalachian Spirit, followed by Wish Awake at 1 p.m. and Mark Hamrick at 3 p.m.

The Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad is running two special one-hour train rides aboard the New Tygart Flyer, departing at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Reservations are highly recommended by calling 1-877-MTN-RAIL.

To register as a food or craft vendor, anyone interested can contact Harold Elbon at Elkins Days Inn at 304-637-4667.

General festival information is available by contacting the Elkins Depot Welcome Center at 304-635-7803 or

Ramps & Rail Festival is sponsored by the Elkins Depot Welcome Center, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Randolph County Development Authority, Randolph County Commission and the city of Elkins.