The High Country of North Carolina is a very interesting place. Here, we are surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, home to several ski slopes, but can sometimes just snowboard down our neighborhood streets! We have a rich performing Arts and Cultural Heritage, ranging from Opera to Bluegrass; you can even bring your fiddle to the local country store and “jam.”
We’re also home to Appalachian State University, whose football team once beat powerhouse Michigan State 34-32 “Michigan Who?” This dynamic places PHDs living alongside fifth generation tree farmers in perfect harmony.
I fell in love with the High Country when I came here for college in 1992. (Why, thank you, people always tell me that) I have been here ever since, much to my mother’s chagrin; she would so much like to live closer to us. I just can’t leave this place! It’s absolutely magical!
When I heard about Kraft Singles “Single Best Town” Competition, I thought it was really cool! If you know me, you know that I am passionate about celebrating our local communities, and this is a terrific way to do it.
Kraft Singles is partnering with Disney ABC to kick-off the celebration with a contest to determine what town in America has the “Single Best Thing.” Be it a famous monument, a local festival or a one-of-a-kind diner, they want to know what makes a town unique. The winner will get a Block Party with country music trio Love and Theft. They’re currently touring with Tim McGraw and Lady Antebellum!
Here’s what to do:
- visit www.familyfun.com/best-town-contest through February 28, and click “Enter Now.”
- Just explain why your town is unique.
- upload a picture
- You can also vote for other entries through the 28th
From March 8 through April 11, America will vote for their favorite town from among the Top 10 finalists, and the winning town will be announced mid-April.
Now, I have got the PERFECT thing to show our town’s uniqueness! But I actually have to go to the neighboring town of Banner Elk, NC. Every year, on the third weekend of October, we have a huge festival to celebrate one of our most prolific creatures: The WOOLLY WORM! Yes, folks, it’s the Woolly Worm Festival!
People come from all over NC, SC, TN, and VA- even as far away as Florida, to race their woolly worm. Yes, I said “Race.” We line up horizontal strings, warm them up, as we try to get our woolly worm to climb the string the fastest. There are tons of heats, and semi-finals, and ultimately, a WINNER!
In 2009, the winning worm was Wilbur, who belonged to a nine year old from Chapel Hill. What does the winner get? $1000 and the privilege of predicting the winter’s weather. The worm’s predictions are then compared to the forecasting of the local celebrity weatherman, Ray Russell of www.Raysweather.com.
Yeah, it’s pretty funny; you might even laugh at us. But there’s one other thing that makes the NC High Country so unique: our sense of humor- we’re laughing with you!
Here are my husband, kids, and mother-in-law at the 2009 Woolly Worm Festival, with… well, the Woolly Worm. I KNOW! You can’t make this stuff up, folks!
And here I am with our little racer! I can’t remember what the girls named him, but it’s probably something like “sparkle,” “fluffy,” “Pinkalicious,” or a derivitive thereof.
Tell me, why is your town unique? What would you say? And go on over to the website to enter. If you do, be sure to leave the link so I can vote for you! Also, stay tuned for a fabulous giveaway soon from Kraft!!!
Disclosure: I have partnered with KRAFT Foods to help promote the “Single Best Town” in America program. I have been compensated for my time commitment to the program, which includes writing about my own hometown experiences and hosting a giveaway where the prize has been provided by KRAFT Singles. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive comments.