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Winter Weather Wevealed

By Sam Calhoun (sam.calhoun@averyjournal.com)



Article Published: Oct. 22, 2012 | Modified: Oct. 24, 2012
Winter Weather Wevealed

A woolly worm named Lickety Split won the races at the 35th Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk on Saturday, Oct. 20.

Photo by Jim Morton



Lickety Split, a woolly worm trained by Tammy Watson of Belmont, was crowned lord of the strings at the 35th annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk last weekend. Lickety Split’s triumph in Oct. 20’s final race won its owner a total of $1,075 and itself the honor or predicting the upcoming winter’s weather.

The win for Watson and Lickety Split is the culmination of more than two decades of fruitless attempts at the crown, as Watson and her mother, Brenda Watkins, have attended and raced worms at the festival for 23 years.

After examining the winning worm’s 13 bands of fur (which correspond to the 13 weeks of winter), Grand Marshal and official woolly worm forecaster Tommy Burleson proclaimed the following official winter forecast for the High Country:

Week 1 (Dec. 22 to Dec. 29): Cold and snowy
Week 2 (Dec. 30 to Jan. 5, 2013): Cold and snowy
Week 3 (Jan. 6, 2013, to Jan. 12, 2013): Cold and snowy
Week 4 (Jan. 13, 2013, to Jan. 19, 2013): Cold and snowy
Week 5 (Jan. 20, 2013, to Jan. 26, 2013): Light snow with cool temperatures
Week 6 (Jan. 27, 2013, to Feb. 2, 2013): Normal temperatures
Week 7 (Feb. 3, 2013, to Feb. 9, 2013): Normal temperatures
Week 8 (Feb. 10, 2013, to Feb. 16, 2013): Normal temperatures
Week 9 (Feb. 17, 2013, to Feb. 23, 2013): Normal temperatures
Week 10 (Feb. 24, 2013, to March 2, 2013): Normal temperatures
Week 11 (March 3, 2013, to March 9, 2013): Normal temperatures
Week 12 (March 10, 2013, to March 16, 2013): Ice storm possible
Week 13 (March 17, 2013, to March 23, 2013): Cold and snowy

Additional Images

A woolly worm named Lickety Split won the races at the 35th Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Photo by Jim Morton

Lickety Split poses with its "handler," Tammy Watson of Belmont, who earned $1,000 for her worm's narrow victory in the final race Saturday in Banner Elk.
Photo by Jim Morton

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