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Wooly Worm Festival

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Venue: Historic BE School

What is there to do once we get inside the festival gates? Of course wace your woolly worm! It is $5.00 to wace your worm. If you didn’t find one along one of the many back roads before you get here, don’t worry. The PTO will have them for sale inside the gate by the main gate information booth. Be sure to arrive early as the Worm Wace Wegistration fills up quickly.   

What a great time to think of the holidays. Purchase great wares from our handcrafted juried artists from fun items to those for decorating your house with amazing furniture. Who wouldn’t love a nice piece of jewelry or pottery under the Christmas tree? There are  inflatables rides, live music and dance teams… Tickets can be purchased online at so there is no need to stand in line unless you want to. Remember, the winning woolly on Saturday has the esteemed honor of predicting the High Country's weather and wins a huge pot of $$$. If you are very lucky your Woolly Worm will share it’s $1000.00 cash prize with its owner. Can’t make it to the festival on Saturday - not to worry - we begin the fun again on Sunday from 9am until 4pm. Sunday at 1:00 is the Corporate Woolly Worm Wace. The winning worm wins a trophy and bragging rights for its business. Call the Avery County Chamber at 828-898-5605 for more information. The fun starts Saturday morning at 9am and the woolly worm waces begin shortly after with Mr. Woolly Worm and Merryweather leading the fun!


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Banner Elk, NC is a great place to make your vacation destination!  The town offers all varieties of lodging to suit every need and budget, great locally owned restaurants, and fun activities year round. Whether you are looking for a fun outdoor adventure with friends, a romantic getaway, or an unforgettable family vacation you will find it in Banner Elk!  Our Chamber prides itself in providing information to our visitors and is always available to help you find the information you need.  Call 828-898-8395 or email us at