Happy Groundhog Day! Does it seem odd to you that a rodent gets so much attention? Here are some fun facts about Groundhog Day.
The average groundhog is 20 inches long, weighs 12-15 pounds, and can whistle. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early Spring.
Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1887. The tradition began in the 5th century when the Celts believed that certain animals had supernatural powers on certain days. It was thought that if groundhogs and other hibernating animals left too early, they would see their shadow and be frightened back into hibernation for six more weeks.
The tradition began in Europe as Candlemas Day. The Germans who settled in Pennsylvania brought the tradition to America.
The South’s official prognosticator lives at The Yellow River Game Ranch’s and is named General Beauregard Lee.