CARYVILLE - There's only one way to celebrate worm fiddlin', and Caryville does it appropriately - with a festival.

The annual Worm Fiddlin' Festival will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 4436 Old Spanish Trail (Highway 90) in Caryville, on the west side of the town hall building. The event kicks off with an opening prayer and pledge, followed by an inaugural parade at 10 a.m.

"We had a real good one last year and I think it's going to be a lot bigger this year," said Coordinator Becky Pate. "People come from throughout the region."

According to officials, the parade this year is the town's first parade ever. Although it will be small, Pate said, attendees can expect floats, emergency agencies vehicles and plenty of candy and beads.

"We're looking for a good day," she added.

The main event is the worm fiddling contest, in which contestants drive stakes in the ground and tap on the stake in order to make vibrations which cause the worms to surface. Each round is about 10 minutes long.

Worm fiddling is a practice that dates back to the 1800s after it was discovered fiddling was an easier method of acquiring fishing bait than attempting to gather worms by digging in the ground. It gets its name from the motion made to produce vibrations to attract ground worms. Caryville considers itself as the "worm fiddlin capital of the world."

As with any competition, the team that extracts the most worms wins. A second and third place is also announced.

The event will also feature lived gospel and country musica, sack races, a cornhole tournament, train rides, crafts and food vendors. Organizers noted door prizes will be given on the hour, every hour throughout the festival.

"We welcome everyone and would just be delighted for the community come out and enjoy a day out of fun," Pate said.

For more information call 850-548-5571 or email