Groundhog’s Day is around the corner and many forget the holiday where some guy in a top hat pulls a large rodent out of the ground to see if the crowd scares it enough to signify Winter. Are we really this bitter about Valentine’s Day? Forget the fact we have meteorologists, scientists, and experts who can tell you the weather. No, we’re going to trust something the Germans gave us like we’ve completely forgotten the fact that we tussled with them in not one, but two, World Wars.
Yes, this is a German tradition that came from Pennsylvania back when Pennsylvania was mostly Dutch and not the home of terrible sports teams. Despite the advancement of knowledge and science, people have still found a way to spread Groundhog’s Day beyond the United States. This is further proof that we export absolutely nothing but nonsense. The worst part is no one’s even questioning it. It even spread all the way up to Canada, and here we were thinking they were smarter than us for having free healthcare.
Do you want to know what is absolutely mind-blowing about Groundhog’s Day? The fact that people wake up at three in the morning to dance, eat, and party over the fact that they’re about to scare some poor rodent to death and trust that whatever it decides to do is somehow a deciding factor on how much longer it’s going to be cold. Some people put full faith in this. It’s not like it’s going to get much colder anyway. Greta Thunberg is running around telling us we’re about to go up in flames from the scorching hellfire’s of global warming anyway. We should just have a holiday where we throw a groundhog into a volcano, and if it comes out unscathed, we’re going to be able to tolerate heat for the next six weeks. That’ll be something, right?
We sat down with Katie Donald, Executive Director of the Ground Hog’s Day Festivities at Gobbler’s Knob, for some insight on what to expect this Ground Hog’s Day.
The tradition of Groundhog Day has been happening in Punxsutawney since 1886. However, it wasn’t until 1993, when the movie ‘Ground Hog’s Day’ starring Bill Murray debuted, that the Knob was transformed into the 3am party we know today. “It turned into more of a celebration once the movie came out in the '90s. That really made our traffic increase tremendously,” said Donald.
With the movie putting Gobbler’s Knob on the map, you would think Bill Murray would make for a perfect candidate to be one of the 15 members in the ‘Ground Hog’s Inner Circle,’ but Donald says his residency disqualifies him. “To be considered in the Inner
Circle, you have to reside in the Punxsutawney School District,”
Donald insists that the current Punxsutawney Phil is the one and only “Only one! Every summer, Phil receives the Elixir of Life, which is a groundhog punch. With each sip, he receives seven more years of life and longevity,”
Donald told us she hopes for an early Spring, but we will have to see what Phil says February 2.