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Punxsutawney Phil and the Challenge of Winter.

Phil predicting the weather Photo, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Punxsutawney Phil is truly known around the world as the world famous groundhog. A groundhog is an animal which burrows under the earth and in the case of Punxsutawney Phil, comes out of his hiding lookng for its shadow or not for a true reflection of the remainder just how good or bad winter will be.

It is almost the time of the year for our furry animal to see his true shadows. On The Second of February starts the enjoyment.

Start your journey of with a side trip to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Legend decrees that if Phil sees his shadow on February 2nd, six more weeks of winter weather will befall the world. If no shadow is apparent we're in for the delights of an early spring.

At the Punxsutawney chamber of commerce, you can pick up a map and start there. Maybe it will be a trip to Sportsman's Park to arrive at Gobbler's Knob for the opening ceremonies, which start at 7:25 am. Keep in mind, that no cars may enter Gobbler's Knob and all people most enter via shuttle buses from the town. The Groundhog club will be providing live entertainment and fireworks. Coffeeshops will open the wee hours of the morning to address the early crowd of visitors.

One thing not to miss is the chain saw carvings done at Barclay Square at ten oclock.

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