40th Annual Woolly Worm Festival

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Sat., Oct. 21 - Sun., Oct. 22

Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm and Sunday from 9 am - 4 pm

40th Annual Woolly Worm Festival



  • Melynda Pepple


  • 185 Azalea Circle
    Banner Elk NC 28604


Get your Woolly Worms ready for the 40th Annual Woolly Worm Festival! This unique family festival will include delicious food, over 150 craft vendors, great music all weekend, clog and dance teams, trampoline and inflatable rides, fall foliage and beautiful mountain views. Shop for woolly worm memorabilia, souvenir shirts to items crafted for family heirlooms. There will be something for everyone!

Up to 1,000 worm racers vie for the top position and the honor of having their worm predict the upcoming winter weather at the festival’s famous woolly worm races. The winning worm on Saturday takes home a prize of $1,000 and $500 on Sunday.

The Festival is sponsored by Banner Elk Kiwanis and the Avery County Chamber of Commerce and all proceeds are given back to the community to enhance our schools, children's programs, and to promote business and tourism in Avery County.

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36° 9' 43.8552" / Longitude: -81° 52' 12.2586"


185 Azalea Circle Banner Elk NC 28604

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