If you are making a list of public events, that you would like to attend at least once in your lifetime, you may include events like watching the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's eve, viewing the WEBN Labor Day Fireworks on the banks of the Ohio river, or walking through the streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. Another such event, that should be on your list if it is not already, is spending Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Just a six hour drive from Cincinnati, Ohio, Punxsutawney is the home to the world famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. Phil has been predicting our weather future, on every February 2nd, for over 120 years. In all that time, Phil has never been wrong.
The event is held, each year, in Gobbler's Knob, where Phil's Inner Circle helps him relay to Punxsutawney, and the rest of the world for that matter, if there will be six more weeks of winter. The gates to Gobbler's Knob are opened at 3:00 am, with Phil appearing at approximately 7:25 am. The event is crowded, so it is suggested to get there early. The atmosphere is very festive, so the wait seems to go by very quickly. Also, there is no shelter, only a bonfire to keep warm, so it is recommended to dress appropriately for the temperature.
This Groundhog Day, consider braving the 6 hour road trip, from Cincinnati, to see first hand the seer of seers, the prognosticator of prognosticators, Punxsutawney Phil, make his prediction.
Addition info: Location - 102 West Mahoning St. Punxsutawney, PA 15767. Lodging and Dining options can be found here.