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2021 Largest single day influx of traffic to occur Saturday, single busiest traffic weekend of the year

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Last Updated on October 11, 2021 8:05 am

It's that time once again when the annual single busiest traffic weekend for the High Country is here.

The Valle Fair in Valle Crucis and the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk will bring the most massive influx of motorists for the year both Saturday & Sunday (Oct 16-17). Both events were canceled last year due to COVID-19 protocols. Add in what is usually considered peak leaf viewing weekend, along with other events, and High Country roads will be jammed packed.

The Valle Fair runs Saturday only and gets started at 9am. The Woolly Worm Festival is a two day event, Saturday & Sunday, and gets underway at 9am both days.

Motorists are highly encouraged to:

Leave for your destination much earlier than you usually might.

Allow plenty of time to get to your destination, especially since it's two-lane roads into Valle Crucis and Banner Elk.

Expect traffic tie-ups and delays.

Bring along lots of patience.

Have fun.

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