Written by Danielle Taylor
Since 1886, devotees have made the trek up Punxsutawney’s famous Gobbler’s Knob on February 2, and every year, Punxsutawney Phil has accurately predicted six more weeks of winter or an early spring. His legend is well-entrenched and he’s a staple news story toward the dreary end of winter each year, but did you know his celebrity stretches far beyond one day a year? Any time you come to Punxsutawney, you can visit his burrow at the town library where he lives with his wife, Phyllis. As an in-demand public figure, he’s not always there, but you can meet him at a number of events throughout the year. The above video from Kaleidoscope The Series features the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club and Punxsutawney Phil. The show highlights unique people, places, and things in the region and airs every Sunday on WATM ABC 23 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Whether six weeks late or with an early start, the arrival of spring brings Phil’s Weather Extravaganza and the Groundhog Camporee, two popular scouting events where Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts can earn badges while spending quality time at Punxsutawney attractions like the Weather Discovery Center and Gobbler’s Knob. In May, home brewers and beer connoisseurs will enjoy the Hogtoberfest Craft Beer Festival and Home Brew Competition at Gobbler’s Knob. Punxsutawney celebrates the annual summer Groundhog Festival in July with free nightly entertainment, craft show, food, children’s entertainment, rides and more. September brings the 120th Groundhog Club Picnic and Phil Phest, where Phil takes a sip of the magic Elixir of Life that keeps him immortal, and in October, he enjoys the annual Gobbler’s Knob Wine Festival and Phil’s Trick or Trot 5K. Fall also brings the Night at the Races fundraiser for the Groundhog Club and the Veterans’ Breakfast, where Phil and his Inner Circle thank those who served our country. In December, Phil hangs out with his youngest fans at Phil’s Holiday Bash, where kids can decorate cookies, make crafts, play games, and more, and he also sponsors an annual Elderly Care Gift and Card Drive around the holidays for his older followers who are still young at heart.
In 2017, the Groundhog Club initiated a capital campaign to create a larger Punxsutawney Phil tourism experience centering on a visitors center at Gobbler’s Knob, which they aim to open by Groundhog Day 2019, so be sure to come back!
For dates, times, addresses, and more information about the above events, or to find more interesting places to visit and things to discover in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region, go to VisitPAGO.com or call (814) 849-5197.