Woolly Worm Festival kicks off this weekend

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BANNER ELK, N.C. -- It's been rainy and cool, but this weekend is surprised to be beautiful and the perfect time to be outside.

Looking for something to do?

Head over to downtown Banner Elk for the Woolly Worm festival Oct. 18-19.

Tickets are available online or at the gate. Adults are $5 and kids ages 5-12 are $2.

The annual festival will include great food, plenty of activities, craft vendors, performances and of course, the highlight event – the woolly worm races.

But some have to ask… what in the world is a woolly worm?

A “woolly worm” is a woolly bear caterpillar, which is a species native to the area that has 13 brown and black bands, which are said to correspond to the thirteen weeks of winter. Dark bands mean that the corresponding week of winter will be harsh, cold and snowy, while a lighter, brown band means that the corresponding week of winter will be milder with less precipitation.

For more information, visit www.woollyworm.com.