World-famous 39th Woolly Worm Festival held in downtown Banner Elk, NC, on October15 and 16, 2016. Expected attendance of 20,000 patrons. 160 craft booths and 30 food vendors. $1,000 grand prize Saturday to winning worm. That worm is checked by vet to see that there are no illegal stimulants and if declared by vet to be clear, that worm predicts the winter weather for the High Country. On Sunday, $500 first place prize, no weather prediction. Festival is sponsored by the Banner Elk Kiwanis Club and the Avery County Chamber of Commerce. All proceeds go to children’s projects in Avery County and to promote tourism in Avery County.
Unique festival w/food vendors, craft booths, activities for children. For all ages. Winning worm receives $1,000 and Saturday (predicts weather) $500 on Sunday.