By Jesse Wood
Owned by a pair of young brothers from Boone, Hans Solo creeped his or her way to victory at the 39th annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk on Saturday.
Siblings Reyn and Hickson Beekman were the owners of the fastest woolly worm this side of the galaxy, according to Jim Morton, founder of the famous event.
Morton added that the great weather helped to make this year’s festival one of the most successful ever.
As tradition and folklore beckons, official festival forecaster Tommy Burleson predicted the upcoming winter’s forecast based on the color of the 13 body segments of the woolly worm.
Each segment represents one week of winter; black segments represent a harsher winter, while brown segments predict a milder winter. According to Burleson, the forecast is 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.
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