Groundhog Day 2012: Behind Phil’s Immortal Allure
Now in its 126th year, the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, is still going strong and even attracting a growing overseas crowd.
“I’ve met people here from Russia, Germany, and the U.K.,” said Tom Chapin, editor of the Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper. “People can’t believe we do this every year. They can’t believe we stand out in the cold and wait for a marmot to emerge from a stump. Some of this stuff you can’t make up.”
(See “Groundhog Day Pictures: Punxsutawney Phil, Now and Then.”)
The famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil will make his much anticipated prognostication this Thursday on Groundhog Day 2012. According to legend, the rodent will predict whether spring will arrive early this year.
(Watch a groundhog video.)
“The event actually goes from February 1st to the 4th,” said Groundhog Day event coordinator Katie Donald.
On years when Groundhog Day falls on a weekday, such as this year, about 10 to 15 thousand tourists attend the event, Donald said.
Many tourists are already trickling into town and many will stay for the weekend. When the event falls on a weekend, the crowd can easily be twice as big.
Strange Random Groundhog Day Quote:
- Groundhog Day 2012 cheat sheet, from Wiarton Willie to Punxsutawney Phil (news.nationalpost.com)
- Groundhog Day: Visiting Punxsutawney Phil in your RV, virtual Groundhog Day fun (examiner.com)
- Groundhog Day 2012: Punxsutawney Phil not always on his best behavior (pennlive.com)
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- Unlock Groundhog Day 2012 badge on Foursquare: Check in on February 2 (examiner.com)
- Punxsutawney Phil Will See His Shadow, But Chances Are He’ll Be Wrong [Video] (inquisitr.com)
- Groundhog Day History and Facts (socyberty.com)