Enjoy the High Country’s most famous leaf season happening, the Annual Banner Elk Woolly Worm Festival. There is no other experience that can produce the absurd euphoria that comes from cheering for a caterpillar as he climbs a string. 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.

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. Best of all, the festivities in downtown Banner Elk are less than five minutes from your Sugar Mountain vacation home or condo. This festival is so famous it has its own website: www.woollyworm.com.

While you’re taking in all the spectacular fall color next weekend, be sure to visit the picturesque community of Valle Crucis for the 35th Annual Valle Country Fair. Enjoy foot stomping mountain music, handmade crafts, tasty barbecue and Brunswick stew. Admission is free and ample parking is available in the adjoining field for $5 per car. Over the years it has become a major celebration attended by thousands of people, with proceeds going to local charities.

Thousands are expected for Banner Elk’s Woolly Worm Festival and the Valle Fair, making it more important than ever to get your reservations in today for your first choice of accommodations at a special discount this not-to-be-missed weekend.tncraft_shoppingbluegrass2

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