Spending Groundhog Day with Punxsutawney Phil [Video]
There are a lot of words that you could use to describe what it’s like to visit Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. But, the word that I would pick is “electric”. What makes the weather forecastings of an overgrown rodent so exciting is anyone’s guess. But, what I do know is that this strange tradition in a typically quiet Pennsylvania borough in the middle of nowhere has captivated the world.
When I pulled up to Gobbler’s Knob at 5am, the crowd was already rocking despite the constant mist that turned jackets wet and the ground a thick pool of mud. Performers on the stage kept the crowd entertained with upbeat songs that alternated between classic party songs and parody songs about Groundhog Day (Anyone for a little “Groundhog (Gangnam) Style”?)
However, as it got closer and closer to sunrise, and the crowd swelled to an estimated 25,000, it was clear that despite the songs, fireworks, and comedy coming from the stage, everyone was anxious to see the star of the show, Punxsutawney Phil.
(Click here to see my top tips for visiting Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day.)
Did Phil see his shadow or are we going to have an early spring this year? Watch my video above to find out. Hopefully it proves that, in the words of Phil Conners from the movie Groundhog Day, “This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.”
Have you ever been to Punxsutawney for Groundhog Day? What did you think of the experience? Let me know in the comments section below.
Looking for other things to do in February? Check out our list of the top things to do in Pennsylvania in February. You can also check out our favorite things to do in Jefferson County, PA.