Punxsutawney making final preps for Groundhog Day

Phyllis Stark

Punxsutawney making final preps for Groundhog Day

Phyllis Stark
CREATED Feb. 1, 2014

The tiny Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney is making final preparations for Sunday’s Groundhog Day. That’s a quirky, 128-year-long tradition in which a groundhog named Phil “predicts” whether it’s the start of spring, or whether we’re due for six more weeks of winter, all hinged on whether or not he’s spooked by his own shadow.

Ever since the 1993 movie “Groundhog Day” made Punxsutawney Phil an international star, visitors have flocked to his burrow in the local library, and the souvenir shop does a brisk business in woodchuck wonders, reports KDKA Pittsburgh.
 
Groundhog handler Ron Ploucha says the town takes very good care of Phil, but he admits to getting nipped by the furry creature “quite often.”

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