|Near the end of visit to the Woolly Worm Festival, |
the sun came out briefly to help us warm up.
The Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk, NJ. For real! Kids (and adults!) buy caterpillars or 'wooly worms' and race them up strings. Yes, you read that correct. It is a big county craft show and event. Food, vendors, rides and entertainment. Of course there is a booth to sell the worms as well as people hawking them in the parking lot....'gauranteed winner'. Worms get named and race in heats. The winner of each heat races in quarter-finals, then to finals. It was a really cold bluster damp day so we didn't stay for the finals....that's my story and I am sticking to it.
I could not make up something this wacky. This is the 35th Annual Woolly Worm Festival. he man in the orange hat on the left on the stage is taking down the names of the last heat and prepping for the next set of names to be posted. Let me tell you, the people of Banner Elk really get into this. The registration line for signing your worm up for the race was a good city block long. Truth is often stranger than fiction!