The champion woolly worm in races at Saturday's 39th Annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk, NC was Hans Solo, owned by brothers Reyn and Hickson Beekman of Boone, NC.
Hans Solo was examined by festival forecaster Tommy
Burleson, who predicted that winter weather in the North Carolina High Country will be as follows:
Week 1 (begins December 21) - Normal temperatures with light snow.
Weeks 2-4 - Below normal temperatures with accumulations of snow.
Week 5-11 - Above normal temperatures with little or no snow.
Weeks 12-13 - Average temperatures with light snow.