Punxsutawney Phil is about to do his annual prognostication (OK, prediction) on how much longer we have to deal with cold, snowy, winter weather. After Clevelanders got socked with a rough morning commute to work in near white-out conditions and many schools canceled classes - spring can't come soon enough!
Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to see the crazy antics of Punxsutawnians during their week long, Groundhog Day celebration. Punxsy (as the locals call their hometown) has a HUGE statue of a groundhog outside one of their fast food restaurants, the library keeps the real, live Phil in a glass enclosure year round, the city has a huge week long festival with ice sculptures created by a chain saw carver, food vendors (Groundhog Dogs anyone?) and all kinds of "Phil" related items at their annual craft fair.
There's even a “Little Mr. & Miss Groundhog” contest. And who could pass up a screening of the movie, “Groundhog Day” at the Punxsutawney Community Center?
You'll see many of the Groundhog Day activities in the video photo collection from my visit in 2003 at http://youtu.be/iIoqPBAfSjY. Enjoy!
See the 2013 Groundhog Day schedule at http://www.punxsutawneyspirit.com/content/2013-groundhog-day-schedule
Have you ever been to Punxsutawney to see whether Phil would see his shadow? If not, do you think you'll ever make the trip? Please share your thoughts below.
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