Woolly Worm Festival - NC Blue Ridge

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Woolly Worm Festival

October 19 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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One event on October 20, 2019 at 9:00 am

$4 – $6
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Since 1978, this quirky, world-famous festival has been used to predict the upcoming winter weather for the North Carolina High Country.

According to legend, the 13 bands on the woolly worm (woolly bear caterpillar) represent the 13 weeks of winter. Brown bands indicate a mild week, black bands indicate a cold, snowy week. Since every woolly worm has different colors, the Woolly Worm festival holds races to determine which worm is used to make the forecast.

Saturday’s winning worm receives $1,000 and the honor of predicting the upcoming winter. Races continue on Sunday, with that day’s winner receiving $500.

In addition to the races, the Woolly Worm Festival includes food and craft vendors and live entertainment. This two-day family event annually draws more than 20,000 attendees and takes place during the traditional peak weekend for autumn leaf viewing in Banner Elk and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Venue

Historic Banner Elk School
140 Azalea Circle
Banner Elk, NC 28604 United States
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Phone:
828-898-5398
Website:
http://www.historicbannerelkschool.com

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Event Phone Number
828-898-5605