Woollybear Sticker Fun Facts!
–The first Woollybear sticker dates back to 1973, the year of the first Woollybear Festival, when it was held in Birmingham, Ohio (Erie County), just south of Vermilion.
–There is not a Woollybear sticker for each year of the festival. Some years the same sticker was distributed.
–There are at least 22 different Woollybear stickers to date.
–Dick Goddard draws the stickers himself. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Kent State University and is largely self-taught in cartooning.
–According to Dick Goddard, “No one has ever been hit by a major storm while wearing one of my Woollybear stickers, and if they have, I don’t want to hear about it!” he jokes.
–The Woollybear designs are sometimes inspired by world events, such a national election or Y2K.
–Many show a dog and a cat with the words spay and neuter, which are important to help control the pet population.
–About 30,000-40,000 Woollybear stickers are printed each year. Dick Goddard hands them out at the Woollybear Festival and when he appears at other public events.
–There are people who have collected every sticker ever made! As a reward, “They get more Woollybear stickers and undying gratitude,” Mr. Goddard says.
Woollybear 40 will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30 in Vermilion.