Patch Selects Wooly Willy Doppelganger

Wooly Willy, the classic toy  invented by James Herzog in 1955, was celebrated earlier this summer at the annual Wooly Willy Wonderdaze festival in Smethport, Pa. After a contest and nationwide search for a Wooly Willy lookalike, Patch Products has named Pennsylvanian Dennis Stromberg as Wooly Willy’s lookalike. Stromberg will receive a custom-made Wooly Willy featuring his very own photograph.

Patch is also offering additional, themed products for Halloween, Easter, and Christmas. For more information on Wooly Willy and other Patch Products, visit

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Wooly Willy Summer Festival, World Tour

Looking for a free summer event? Smethport, Penn., hometown of Wooly Willy, is hosting the third annual National Wooly Willy Wonderdaze festival, from June 23-25. The free festival will celebrate the 56th birthday of the popular toy with  opportunities for attendees to tour the Wooly Willy factory, see Wooly Willy window art, and more. The event will also include parades, live entertainment, food vendors, and a fireworks show.

For the fans who can’t attend the festival, Patch Products will also be hosting the Where In The World Is Wooly Willy? summer adventure. Families can print out Wooly Willy, take a picture with him, then post it online and track Wooly Willy‘s global adventure. Participants have the opportunity to win prizes and view postcards and messages from Willy as he travels the world.