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Halloween 2014

2014 Woolly Worm Festival

The 37th annual event had a spectacular winning worm.  Here are some details:



Kwazimodo the woolly worm captured first place in Saturday's races at the 37th Annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk, NC, and was examined by festival experts to determine an official forecast for the coming winter in the North Carolina mountains.  Based on Kwazimodo's fuzzy black and brown bands, this winter's prediction is as follows:
Weeks 1-4 (December 21-January 17) - Snowy with below normal temperatures
Week 5  (January 18-24) - Light snow with below normal temperatures
Weeks 6-10 (January 25-February 28) - Below average temperatures with little or no snow
Week 11  (March 1-7) - Moderate snow and below normal temperatures
Weeks 12-13 (March 8-21) - Snowy with below normal temperatures

Kwazimodo is owned by Vince Weyman, a ninth grade student from Graham, NC.
(video by Jason DeWitt)



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Welcome to Newland

“Welcome to Newland!”

Your Invitation to Discover The Crossroads of The High Country.

Did you know that Newland is smack-dab in the middle of Avery County?  Which means it’s also smack-dab in the middle of EVERYTHING that our incredible Blue Ridge Mountain resort  area has to offer.

Newland gives you the best of both worlds…a thriving, yet quiet and un-hurried mountain community…plus a strategic base from which you can quickly and easily reach every exciting mountain attraction around these parts…and in all directions.

Yes, in fact, Newland is affectionately called “The Crossroads of The High Country”.  To the North are Banner Elk, Foscoe, Boone and Blowing Rock.  To the East are Linville, Grandfather Mountain and the Blue Ridge Parkway.  To the West are Historic Cranberry, Elk Park and the short trek into Tri-Cities Tennessee.  To the South are Crossnore, Plumtree and the magnificent Linville Falls, Caverns & Gorge. 

Newland, Avery County Econimically Developing; Video

Newland is the county seat of Avery County, NC.  It is the highest county seat east of the Rockies. Avery County is a fabulous place to live, to work, to visit, to vacation in, to play in, to stay in and to come back to. 

 Our video will help explain this.

Newland Business Association, Newland, North Carolina


The Newland Business Association wants to invite everyone to “SHOP LOCAL”.  Newland is a community of a proud people; talented in every way from agriculture, fine arts, local traditional arts, computer science, automotive expertise, and more.

Newland is a unique small mountain town. It was “created” after an election in July 1911. Four sites were proposed for the new county seat: Elk Park, Minneapolis, Montezuma, and Old Fields of Toe. Although it had but one dwelling house and no business establishments, in the words of Avery County historian Horton Cooper, "The Fields of Toe became the county seat of North Carolina’s one hundredth and last county. Its new name was selected not because it was a new town, but to commemorate General W. C. Newland who favored the bill creating Avery County." With an elevation of over 3700 feet, it is the highest county seat east of the Rockies. Though it is surrounded by attractions such as golf courses, resorts, hiking trails, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Grandfather Mountain, and unnumbered scenic vistas, Newland itself has a population of fewer than one thousand.