VERMILION, Ohio (WJW) — Thousands of people descended upon a small town on the shores of Lake Erie to celebrate a fuzzy little caterpillar today.

Yes, the 51st Woollybear Festival took over Vermilion Sunday (on a Browns bye week).

All the fun kicked off at 9 a.m. with the world’s greatest kids race, followed by the Woollybear 500 preliminaries.

Costume contests followed along with the wonderful, wacky Woollybear Parade at 1:30 p.m. featuring your favorite FOX 8 personalities.

Todd Meany’s band, Ace Molar, hit the stage at 3 p.m. Then it was the finals of the Woollybear 500 Caterpillar race at 4:30 p.m.

The day wraped up with the winter weather prediction at 5 p.m.

Created by FOX 8’s own legendary Dick Goddard, the Woollybear Festival is Ohio’s largest one-day festival.

Learn more about the Woollybear Festival here.