Phantastic Phils"The Spirit of Punxsutawney" Artist - Sandy Zambory, Original design - Rick Weiss. Sponsored by the Punxsutawney Spirit Newspaper. Located at the corner of Pine and Sycamore Streets in front of The Spirit office.
The first official Groundhog Day was celebrated on February 2, 1886 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, with a proclamation in The Punxsutawney Spirit by the newspaper's editor, Clymer Freas: "Today is groundhog day and up to the time of going to press the beast has not seen its shadow." The legendary first Groundhog Day trip to Gobbler's Knob was made the following year by a group of spirited groundhog hunters who dubbed themselves "The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club."
Phantastic Phils"Mary A. Philson Undercover" Original artist - Rhonda Mauk. Sponsored by Jeanne Curtis (School Librarian). Located at Jenks Hill Elementary School at 200 Jenks Ave. Recreated December 2008. Artist - Jeff Marshall. (Photo courtesy of the Punxsutawney Spirit)
Meteorologist Jen Carfagno Although Jen loves the beach, she loves celebrating Groundhog Day in her home state of Pennsylvania during the winter. "Spring, Summer and Fall are definitely my seasonal preferences, but the place to be during Winter is Punxsutawney," Jen says. Punxsutawney is the small town which hosts one of the country's largest Groundhog Day celebrations, when the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil makes an appearance to predict whether spring will arrive early. "The spirit…