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Woolly Worm Festival

Woolly Worm Festival, Banner Elk

Move over, Punxsutawney Phil, there’s a new meteorologist in town, and his name is “Woolly Worm.” For generations, high country residents have been studying the black and brown bands on these fuzzy caterpillars to determine what kind of winter to expect (the colors of the worm’s 13 bands correspond to the 13 weeks of winter).

To chase the honor of being the official woolly worm to have its rings read, caterpillars race up 3-foot strings. Anyone can enter a Woolly Worm for a chance to win; those who forget their favorite worms at home can pick up a winning worm at the festival. Humans with an urge to race will enjoy the challenging 10K “Woolly Worm Woad Wace.” The festival – with crafts, food, live entertainment and more – takes place in the small mountain town of Banner Elk and attracts around 20,000 fans, 140 vendors and some 1,000-race entrants annually.

Benson Mule Days, Benson

The mule has long been highly regarded in the rural community of Benson. As technology began to take the place of mule-power in the late 1940s, a few city leaders wanted to honor the mule for all it had contributed, and Benson Mule Days was born. vendors and some 1,000-race entrants annually.

That was 55 years ago, and today this popular event annually draws some 70,000 people from all over the country and around the world. Activities include pageants, parades, rodeos, food, arts and, of course, the mule events: pulling contests, halter classes and pleasure riding. vendors and some 1,000-race entrants annually.

And for fun there’s the Human Braying Contest, Coon Jumping and the popular Mule Race.
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For generations, high country residents have been studying the black and brown bands on these fuzzy caterpillars to determine what kind of winter to expect
For generations, high country residents have been studying the black and brown bands on these fuzzy caterpillars to determine what kind of winter to expect

   
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