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40th Annual Woolly Worm Festival

The 40th Annual Woolly Worm Festival takes place the third weekend of October on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22 in the quaint mountain town of Banner Elk. In addition to the traditional woolly worm races, which results in the winner predicting the winter weather season there is more than 160 food and craft vendors. The event is a perfect way to jumpstart holiday shopping as all work is juried. There’s also lots of local musicians, and dancing. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Banner Elk and the Avery County Chamber of Commerce, proceeds support schools, children’s program and tourism in Avery County.