Woolly worm racing underway Sunday at Woolly Worm festival


AVERY COUNTY, N.C., (WJHL) – Banner Elk’s 44th annual Woolly Worm Festival kicked off Sunday when folks gathered to watch as the critters raced for victory.

Woolly worms raced in groups of 25 until the winners advanced to the grand finale at 4 p.m.

The winner of the race was declared the official winter forecasting agent. According to folklore, the longer the wooly worm’s black bands are, the colder and more severe the winter will be.

The attendee with the winning worm was presented with a trophy.

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