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Live the Dream STAT: Happy Birthday, Banner Elk

100 - Years since Banner Elk and Avery County were formed. The county was created on February 23, 1911, the last of 100 counties created by NC General Assembly. The town was incorporated the same year.

Banner Elk SignIt's been a good year for Avery County birthdays. Beech Mountain recently turned 30. Meanwhile the county and one of its towns turns 100!

Avery County will officially mark its birthday this weekend (it was actually formed in February of 1911). Banner Elk had its 100th birthday celebration last weekend. It came complete with crafts booths and plenty of live music.

The town hasn't changed much in its 100 years. It's still a great place to call home.

The Banner Elk area is a thriving tourist destination. A place to come in the summer to escape the heat and perhaps play one of the area’s numerous golf courses. A place to visit in the autumn to see the glorious color of the changing leaves and attend one of the many festivals in the area. In the winter, it is the South’s major ski destination with four ski resorts with a 30 minute drive - a natural snowfall which can average 5 ft. or more and snow-making capability which improves on nature. And in the Spring - a place to renew your spirit with a bountiful array of wildflowers, numerous trails to walk and majestic waterfalls to discover.

Banner Elk plays hosts to one of the region's biggest events, the annual Woolly Worm festival. It attracts thousands of worm race fans. The town is also home to Lees-McRae College, which was represented at the weekend's celebration.