Punxsutawney, PA - make it a destination! The 123rd trek to Gobbler's Knob for Phil's Offical Prognostication!
........ meet Phil our most famous Weather Predictor Extroidnaire - and the most photographed Pennsylvanian!
This is a most amazing event. It's a weekend long event. They have a major website, directions, parking and shuttle bus service, special handicap viewing space, visit the Official Souvenier Shop; attend Groundhog Comedy Club Night! You can buy sponsorships, attend the Groundhog banquet, Phil's Family Picnic or taste your way around the Groundhog Wine Trail. Checking in and knowing your way around is most important. Now if you attend, be sure to enter the Groundhog Day Quilt raffle. Of course you can order on-line to have your own memorbilia of the event.
All this for February 2nd at approx 7:25 a.m.
Each year we await to see if our beloved groundhog will see his shadow and predict the next six weeks of the season. There is the Inner Circle a group of men (what, no women?) that officiate the event and care for Phil all year long. Besides the president and treasurer, there is the Cloud Builder, Fog Spinner, Thunder Conductor, Sky Painter.... you get the (snow) drift.
Only in America - this town has made this event an extrodinary. It is truly amazing. Now to keep it going all year long - you can join up in a local chapter or begin your own chapter. There's the Shawdow Watchers in Kansas, the Southernmost Groundhog chaper - you guess it - Key West, and FOB Speicher - 101st Airborn Division in Iraq. So it's not just the guys in PA - it's all around us. There are even Junior Chapters!
If you can't make the event, then make the Groundhog cookies, make a Groundhog film, or watch the movie! Whatever you choose, Happy Groundhog Day!!!!!
PS - for those of you doing the math ---- Phil started making predictions back in 1887 and is based on an old Scottish couplet "if Candlemas Day is bright and clear, there'll be two winters in the year".