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Sept. 15, 2014

It's Wooly-Worm Racing at its Hottest!

CENTRAL SQUARE - A brand new event at the Lioness Club of Central Square Apple Festive in 2014 will be Wooly-Worm Racing for status, for the ultimate in weather prediction and for prize money. Gotta worm? Race it. No Gotta Worm? Get one…or two…or three…

The Oswego County Pioneer Search and Rescue Team will sponsor the inaugural Central New York Wooly-Worm Races at the 2014 Apple Festival September 27 & 28. The festival will e held north of the village of Brewerton at 154 US Rte. 11, Central Square.

Worm racing registration starts at 9am with the first race starting at 9:30am. Entry fee is $5 per worm. Every heat winner will receive $15.

Every 10 races there will be a semi-final race, with the winner receiving $25 and advancing to the final race at the end of the day, around 4:30pm. The winning Wooly-Worm for the day will receive a cash prize of $500, the title of Central New York Wooly-Worm of the Year, and the right to predict the area's 2014-2015 winter weather severity. Who knows? Your worm may even decide to share some of its winnings with you.

"Through the years, wooly-worms have been used to predict the severity of winters in the United States," said Roger Fox of the Pioneer Search and Rescue Team. "Wooly-worm races in North Carolina, Kentucky and other states have used these competitions to determine the fastest, strongest, most representative worm to predict the winter weather severity. But lets' face it. This is Central New York, with its own unique and brutal winters. We've got our own wooly-worms, bred, born, raised and adapted to the unique climate we live in. No South-of-the-Mason-Dixon-Line wooly-worm can even come close to giving us and idea of what the winter ahead holds for us. We need our own champion - The Central New York Wooly-Worm of Wooly-Worms!"

Further information and details are available at www.facebook.com/CentralSquareApple Festival or www.centralsquareapplefestival.com, and the Oswego County Pioneer SAR Team web site at www.oswegosar.org.

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