Smith Applauds Massive Groundhog Day Crowd as Phil Predicts Early Spring
2/2/2024
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Brian Smith (R-Jefferson/Indiana) applauded tens of thousands of people who gathered at Gobbler’s Knob for Groundhog Day today to see Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast in person.

“People from all over the country, and even across the globe, come to Punxsutawney to see the world’s most famous groundhog work his magic,” Smith said. “Tens of thousands of people come to our town and create an atmosphere unlike anywhere else. Our visitors have been incredibly generous by patronizing Punxsutawney businesses, and our community showed once again that it’s one of the most welcoming around.

“From the Inner Circle, to our small businesses and nonprofits, to our local community, to state and local police, it takes all of us to pull off an event this enormous. And time and time again, Punxsutawney delivers. Phil even did his part for warm weather lovers by predicting an early spring! Thank you to both our locals and our visitors for another successful Groundhog Day!”

Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this morning, signifying an early spring is on its way. It’s just the 21st time Phil did not see his shadow in the 138-year tradition.



Representative Brian Smith
66th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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