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Woolly Bear Insect to Predict the Winter Season?

"The folklore of the woolly bear; the woolly bear based on there bands can actually determine whether the winter is going to be severe, mild or whatever," says Spessard.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - You may call it a caterpillar but others call them woolly bears; and the search is on to find the cuddliest and biggest one around. 

Cuddling up with an insect may not be your idea of fun, but many people have brought their creatures to the sonic in Hagerstown all to be judged.

"The Woolly Bear contest is in its 13th year of continuous operation. The Hagerstown Almanac has been a proud sponsor, and we partnered with Sonic which has been a great relationship," said Jerry Spessard of the Hagerstown Almanac.

The annual contest is based on the belief that these tiny caterpillars can actually predict the weather with their color and thickness of "fur."  

"The folklore of the woolly bear; the woolly bear based on there bands can actually determine whether the winter is going to be severe, mild, or whatever," says Spessard.

The contest has caught the attention of people across the nation as woolly bears are arriving from all corners of the United States.

"They're actually coming from different places including Texas and California. They're actually mailing them in," says Kayla Blickenstass of Sonic.

Regardless whether you believe in woolly bears, groundhogs or other prognosticating critters or not, we do know the winter season is coming.


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