Get your Woolly Worms ready for the 42nd Annual Woolly Worm Festival now the Official Woolly Worm Festival of North Carolina! This family festival will include delicious food, over 150 craft vendors, great music, inflatables, fall foliage and beautiful mountain views. Shop for woolly worm memorabilia and handcrafted items. 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 woolly worm races. The winning worm on Saturday takes home a prize of $1,000 and $500 on Sunday. Please, no pets except Woolly Worms of course! The festival is sponsored by Banner Elk Kiwanis and the Avery County Chamber of Commerce.