Woolly worm festival held at Banner Elk Elementary School Grounds. If you would like to know what the winter weather is going to be like, this is the festival for you to attend on the third weekend of October because the woolly worm that wins this race will have his stripes read. Mountain folklore says that the coming winter weather can be predicted by the woolly worm's thirteen stripes. Each stripe is said to correspond to the thirteen weeks of winter. The darker the stripe's color, the colder that week of winter will be. In addition to racing worms, there are crafts, food, music, dancing and storytelling. www.WoollyWorm.com
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