36th Annual World Famous Kicks off October 19 and 20, 2013 In Downtown Banner Elk

What: Woolly Worm Festival

Where: Historic Banner Elk Elementary School- Downtown Banner Elk Admission: Adults $5.00, Kids 6-12 $3.00 and under 5 is free

Worm Registration: $5.00

Get your Woolly Worms Ready for the 36th annual Woolly Worm Festival!  The town of Banner Elk welcomes both old and new friends to this family event hosted by the Avery County Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Organization of Banner Elk on the lawn of the Historic Banner Elk Elementary School, in downtown Banner Elk, NC. Bring your family and friends to make memories and share good time family fun!

 This year’s festival will host 160 combined food and craft vendors, musicians, cloggers, trampoline and inflatable rides. Savor the taste of the South with award winning BBQ and their world famous BBQ Sauce made by husband and wife team, Tim and Barbara Ridgnor from Kentucky, along with other festival food favorites. The craft vendors will bring handcrafted items for just fun woolly worm collectibles to, higher quality wares from jewelry to home mountain furniture; paintings and art, there will be is something for everyone!

Participants wishing to Wace their worm may register at 9:00 a.m., when the festival opens, and shortly thereafter the Wace FUN will begin. Twenty-five worms are in each of the heats (Waces), “but please come early as races fill up early in the afternoon,” says Executive Director of the Chamber Susan Freeman and we want all contestants to have an opportunity to Wace. It a wonderful community event with all net proceeds returned to our community to promote our small businesses and enhance children’s programs. Don’t have a woolly worm? One may be purchased from the Banner Elk PTO booth on the inside the gates.

 Tickets can be purchased online at www.woollyworm.com to save time! Befriend Merryweather Woolly Worm on Facebook for the latest updates.

Remember to name your worm so save time at registration, everyone needs a name!  Some favorite names from previous years have been The Worminator, Sir Worms A lot and of course Merry. The winning worm on Saturday holds the esteemed honor of predicting the winter weather in the High Country and for its hard day of competing against other would be challengers, will earn prize monies of $1000, which we hope the winning worm will share with its owner. Sunday’s winning Woolly Worm earns a cool $500.

We love your 4 legged critters but they are NOT allowed inside the gates because the crowds. Daycare is available outside the gate for a small fee.

Come enjoy the camaraderie of the day and cheer on your favorite Woolly and see why the Woolly Worm Festival is voted one of the ten best Festivals in the South. For more information contact The Avery County Chamber of Commerce at 800-972-2183 or visit our website at www.averycounty.com or www.woollyworm.com

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