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Thousands expected for Groundhog Day festivities tomorrow

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 1, 2013 12:35 PM
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(Port Matilda) -- It's just about time for Punxsutawney Phil to emerge from Gobbler's Knob.

Groundhog Day is tomorrow, and the west-central Pennsylvania community of Punxsutawney holds the biggest winter-weather prognostication celebration.

Legend has it that if the groundhog sees his shadow, winter will last for six more weeks. No shadow means an early spring.

Phil's got company. Groundhogs in Lancaster County, New York, Atlanta and Ontario also make predictions.

But Punxsutawney partisans say Phil is the original and the best. Molly Neal, a Punxsutawney native and teacher in State College, baked groundhog-shaped cookies and showered students with stories in Groundhog Day class presentations that have turned into an annual tradition.

Organizers say about 20,000 people are expected this weekend, a larger-than-normal crowd because Groundhog Day falls on a weekend this year.

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