36th ANNUAL WOOLLY WORM FESTIVAL OCTOBER 19-20
36th Annual Woolly Worm Festival
Downtown Banner Elk, North Carolina
October 19-20, 2013
Here we go again! The world famous Woolly Worm Festival goes into high gear soon in nearby Banner Elk, a stone’s throw from Sugar Mountain. Since 1978, the residents of the village nestled between the Carolina’s largest ski resorts have celebrated the coming of the snow season with a very special celebration. According to one insider there is no other experience in life that can produce the absurd euphoria that comes from cheering for a caterpillar to climb a string. It is so indisputably ridiculous that it is completely liberating! And the $1,000 first prize that accompanies the prestige of having your worm used to pronounce the official winter forecast doesn’t hurt either.
The Woolly Worm races begin around 10:00 a.m. Each heat consists of 25 worms and races continue all day until the grand final around 4 p.m. The winning worm on Saturday is declared the official winter forecasting agent. The Sunday worm races are for prestige, fun and small prizes.
In addition to the Woolly Worm Races, the festival features crafts, food vendors, live entertainment and much more. Last year’s festival attracted an estimated 23,000 fans, 140 vendors and around 1,000 race entrants.
The Woolly Worm Festival is sponsored by the Avery County Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk and a portion of the proceeds go to support children’s charities throughout the county.
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