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Woolly Worm Festival
From: 2014.10.18 To: 2014.10.20
Worm your way to the small town of Banner Elk and race a woolly worm! A zany festival rooted in local lore, the annual Woolly Worm Festival has been held in the mountains of western North Carolina since 1977, drawing about 1,000 race entrants from far and wide. Not only does the winning caterpillar bring cold hard cash to its racer but it is believed that the fastest caterpillar can also forecast the severity of the coming winter – no kidding. Apparently, the furry woolly worm’s body has 13 brown and black segments, corresponding to the 13 weeks of winter. If a segment is light brown, it is said to indicate that the week will be mild. If a segment is black, however, that means that chilly, snowy days lie ahead. Besides the Woolly Worm Races, the festival features arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment and fun games to keep the little ones happy.