Brevard, NC Announces First Ever White Squirrel Festival

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Brevard, NC's famous white squirrels now have a festival in their honor, Saturday & Sunday, May 29th and 30th. Festivities include White Squirrel spotting tours, parade, squirrel feeding contests and white squirrel drink contest.

Things are a little squirrely in the town of Brevard, NC as they prepare for the 1st Annual White Squirrel Festival to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 29th and 30th. "It's an event that's long overdue" explained Margaret Woodard, Executive Director of The Heart of Brevard, a downtown merchants association. "We've got hundreds of these unique furry little friends in this town and they've gained such notoriety that it was high time to recognize them - and we're doing it with a fun filled two day event."

Activities will include guided white squirrel tours for a coveted peak (and possible prized photo opportunity) of the pint sized celebrities. The tour guide will explain the history and origin of the white squirrel as well as other little known white squirrel trivia. A juried art exhibit will be on hand sponsored by The Transylavania County Arts Council as well as local craftsman, vendors and and other selling white squirrel collectibles. Saturday will also feature an antique show. Live music will feed the frenzy for both days, with the ever popular Jupiter Coyote headlining the list of acts on Sunday. (see

Brevard Mayor Jimmy Harris will also release Pisgah Polly, the town's official white squirrel, to see if she gathers nuts or retires to the shade, prognosticating whether we will have a short or long summer. (Weather people take careful note.)

Merchants will join in with a White Squirrel sale and window display contest. Restaurants will feature their own version of a White Squirrel drink in a heated competition for the nuttiest elixir in the town. Those wishing to leave a lasting legacy man enter the White Squirrel Anthem contest sponsored by Heart of Brevard, with the winner becoming the Francis Scott Key of the White Squirrel Festival while earning a prize package and the admiration of musicians countywide. Those gifted with photographic talent are encouraged to enter the White Squirrel Photo Contest headed by Donald Weiser ( Children will be able to construct their own squirrel feeder and the library will have a display of squirrel books and storytelling activities. Festivities will run 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 10pm on Sunday. For the latest updates, visit

Saturday May 29th (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Antique Show

White Squirrel Photo Contest Judging 10am - 3pm

White Squirrel interactive exhibit with a naturalist

Squirrel Feeder Building (place to be announced)

White Squirrel creative writing contest

White Squirrel walking tours

White Squirrel collectibles

Live music throughout the day

Transylvania County Library squirrel book display & storytelling

Squirrel games & relays

Children's parade & costume contest- 1pm in front of Wachovia Bank

Sunday, May 30th (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Juried Arts and Crafts Street Festival

White Squirrel Walking Tours

White Squirrel interactive exhibit with a naturalist

White Squirrel creative writing contest


1:00-2:00 Cindy Sealy

2:15-3:15 Mark Yaxley

3:30-4:30 Roy Chapman and True Bluegrass

4:45-5:45 Paul Elwood

6:00-7:00 Robert Greer and High Windy

7:15-8:15 Beth Wood

8:30-10:00 Jupiter Coyote

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