The Woolly Worm Festival
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.
The festival schedule below is from 2013. It will be updated as information is available.
10am - Pet Show
12pm - Lee County's Got Talent Show (1st place $100)
1pm - Winner of Talent Show's Performance
4pm - Appalachian Troubadours
6pm - Opening Ceremonies
6:30pm - Rhythm Express Cloggers
7pm - Cowgirl Curies
8pm- Clinton Fry & The Tators
9pm - Burning Bridges
Be sure to race your woolly worm and sign up for all the prize drawings and non-profit raffles!
10am - A medieval sword fighting exhibition
11:30pm - Shelby Davis
12pm - Karissa Phillips
12:30pm - Phillip Durbin
1pm - 26th Woolly Worm Parade
2pm - Morehead Singers
3pm - Frontier
4pm - Common Ground
5pm - Custom Made Bluegrass
6pm - Common Ground
7pm - Keith Prater Band
8pm - Coaltown Dixie
9pm - Moron Brothers
The final day starts off with a worship service at 11am by the Community Christian Church followed by local musical groups.
1pm - JR Bercum and Caleb Edwards
2pm - The Hilltop Pickers
3pm - The Duncans
There is also a large car show behind the elementary school starting at 9:30am, and the championship Woolly Worm Race that afternoon! Festival prize drawings will occur during the closing ceremony at 5pm!
Woolly Worm 5K Race
There will be a 5K race starting from the Lee County Volunteer Fire Department on HWY 11 in Beattyville, KY. Registration is $15 and get a T'Shirt if registered before October 17th. Check in at 6pm race starts at 7pm. For more info call (606) 464-3249. Download this 5K Race Application form and mail it in!
Plan a visit to Beattyville/Lee County October 24th though 26th to participate in the 2014 Woolly Worm Festival. For more information contact the Woolly Worm Festival Committee at (606) 464-2888. Follow our social media for festival updates.
Woolly Worm Silver Anniversary 2012
The Woolly Worm Festival celebrated 25 years in October 2012. The 25th anniversary festival was dedicated to the World War II veterans of Lee County. At the opening ceremony, community leaders honored all the survivors as Kentucky Colonels. The festival was first initiated in 1988 when a group of people were sitting around in the Purple Cow dinner on Main Street thought up an idea for a festival that was culturally significant and would create tourism. In its 25 years, it has emerged as a nationwide event that attracts over 30,000 people and has a variety of special activities such as woolly worm races, craft displays, parade, pet show, festival food, car show and live entertainment on two stages in Beattyville, KY. During the milestone celebration, visitors enjoyed local musical talents like the Appalachian Troubadours, Lisa Briscoe Lacy, Clinton Fry Band, Harold Fouch & Alonzo Ambergery, and the Hilltop Pickers. People came from miles around to be entertianed by some larger names such as Common Ground and Brad Alford & Saddle Tramp. Special musical guest, sponsored by Bretagne Oil, was Russle Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. They were fresh off the win of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Male Vocalist of the Year for the second consecutive year.