It's that time of year again when woolly bears can be seen creeping and crawling throughout Washington County.
Collecting the critters can mean cash for those who hunt out the "Cutest and Cuddliest" and "Biggest and Woolliest."
Entrees for the 17th annual Woolly Bear Contest held by the Hagers-town Town and Country Almanack will be accepted starting Friday and must be in by Oct. 31.
The person entering each winning bug will receive $100 and the runners-up in each category are given six copies of the 2000 almanac.
Woolly bears can be sent or taken to the almanac office at 1120 Professional Court, second floor, Eastern Boulevard, Hagerstown, according to Gerald W. Spessard, business manager.