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Woolly Worm Festival

October 21, 2023 - October 22, 2023

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. The Woolly Worm Festival also includes about 175 craft vendors, food, live entertainment and rides.
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October 21, 2023
October 22, 2023
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Historic Banner Elk School
185 Azalea Circle SE
Banner Elk, NC 28604 United States
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