Groundhog Day 2019


Jordan Armstrong, Reporter

Saturday, February 2nd was Groundhog Day, as most know, the tradition goes if the groundhog sees a shadow there will be six more weeks of winter and return to its hole. If the groundhog doesn’t see its shadow it foresees spring early and stays outside.

For many of those who don’t know where Groundhog Day originated, it started as a cultural celebration in many German communities in Pennsylvania, and the first observance of Groundhog Day was February 2nd 1840

The largest Groundhog Day celebration today is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania; which is also the name of the Groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil.

The only countries that observe Groundhog Day are the U.S and Canada.

Locally in West Virginia, there is a groundhog located at the West Virginia State Wildlife center in Upshur County at French Creek, the groundhog’s name is none other than French Creek Freddie.

French Creek Freddie also makes an appearance on Groundhog Day as he too will decide if spring will come early or not.

Although everyone should know that a groundhog can’t really decide if spring will be coming early or not, it’s the celebration that everybody enjoys.

However there has been some years in which the groundhog’s prediction actually came true where spring in fact did come early.

A fun fact about the groundhog club in Punxsutawney, they claim that Punxsutawney Phil is at least 132 years old, despite that an average groundhog life span can only live up to six to eight years. The club claims that Phil drinks a magical potion each summer to extend his lifespan.

Groundhog also became increasingly popular from Bill Murray’s movie, “Groundhog Day”, made in 1993, which the main character relives the same day over again, but it is always February 2nd, Groundhog Day.  This year will mark the 131 year old festival in Punxsutawney.