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Woolly Worm Festival

Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 at 9:00am

Downtown Beattyville
Beattyville, KY 41311

Celebrating 32 years!
Far from being a normal festival, the Woolly Worm Festival became a tradition rooted in Lee County’s culture. The woolly worm is believed to forecast the weather for the coming winter season. A woolly worm’s body has 13 segments-each corresponding to a week in winter. If a segment is light brown, that means the week will be mild. If a segment is black, that means a harsh, cold week. The worm acted as a weather predictor for many old time farmers who would harvest crop and cut firewood in preparation for the upcoming winter.

Woolly Worm Raceway
Be sure to race a woolly worm at the raceway located at the heart of the festival. Races will take place all day long each day of the festival. Win a pleminary race and you will be eligible to race your worm in the championship race on Sunday afternoon. Banded Woolly Bears, as they are property named are easy to find. In the fall months they can be found in leave piles, on lawn furniture, around wood piles, and even crossing back country roads.

Woolly Worm Car Show:
One of the best car shows in the region can be found behind the Beattyville Elementary School on Sunday of the Woolly Worm Festival. Over 130 classic cars from all over the state are parked and pristinely displayed from 9:00am to 4:30pm. Registration is $15.00 and starts at 9:00am on Sunday of the festival. The annual event will feature a "Top 100" trophies, top motorcycles and miscellaneous, and numerous "Business Choice" awards. There is also a Best of Show Award.

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