Groundhog Day Fun Facts

Legend has it that Punxsutawney Phil is given “Groundhog Punch" that he's fed every summer at the annual Groundhog Picnic (just a sip) that apparently extends his life for another seven years. So even if Phil misses out on six annual sips, he's still good to make weather predictions for the time being. That's some magical punch—the kind that foresees potential snags for nearly a full decade.

Punxsutawney Phil has an “inner circle,” a club that is devoted to planning events around Groundhog Day and also for ensuring he has his special punch each year.  

The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in the Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney, where crowds big as 40,000 gather each year. The tradition of watching a groundhog emerge from his burrow began as a custom among the German “Dutch” community in PA in 1887.And there are no other Phil’s but him to predict if spring will come in six weeks, just him. 

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