The Woolly Worm Festival
October 23, 24, & 25th 2015
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.
Plan a visit to Beattyville/Lee County October 23rd though 25th to participate in the 2015 Woolly Worm Festival. For vendor information contact the Woolly Worm Festival Committee at (606) 464-2888. Follow our social media for festival updates.
Woolly Worm Festival Pageants - Sedley Steward Auditorium at High School
Princess Pageant : Friday October 2nd at 7pm Queen Pageant: Saturday October 3rd at 7pm
2015 Stage 1 Entertainment
Stage 1 is located at the heart of the Woolly Worm Festival at the beginning of Main Street in Beattyville. Also on site with the Woolly Worm Raceway and the Woolly Worm Barn. Be sure to race your woolly worm. Win a heat race and get into the championship race on Sunday afternoon. Be sure to also sign up for all the prize drawings and non-profit raffles!
Friday, October 23rd
10am - Pet Show
12pm - Lee County's Got Talent Show
1pm - Preacher Bill with Henry & Homer
2pm - Shelby Davis
4pm- Appalachian Troubadours
6pm - OPENING CEREMONIES
6:30pm - Taylor Dye
7pm- T.J. Howard
8pm - Kyle Douglas
Stage 2 Entertainment
Stage 2 is located near the Lee County Courthouse. Sound is provided by WSKV 104.9fm. Stage is sponsored by the Lee County Tourism Commission.
Bands will pay on this stage from 12pm - 6pm on Friday and Satruday of the festival. Sunday the performances will be from 1pm-4pm. Be sure to join our DJ Master Ethan at Stage two each night for glow in the dark street dancing! You can purchase your glow and the dark bling at the WSKV booth. All Proceeds go to the Three Forks Historical Center.
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.