Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA

Groundhog Days draws thousand of visitors to Punxsutawney, PA.
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Punxsutawney Phil speaks to members of a media team from Russia during Groundhog Day 2009.

Before Punxsutawney Phil's prognostication, the crowd is entertained with comedy sketches, contests and dance routines by local girls from Punxsutawney Area High School known as "Phil's Dancers."

The Seer of Seers, the Prognosticator of Prognosticators, the King of the Groundhogs ' Punxsutawney Phil.

This family pauses for a photo at Gobbler's Knob as the sun begins to rise during Groundhog Day 2009.

John Griffiths, one of Punxsutawney Phil's co-handlers, has a kiss ready for Phil at the Weather Discovery Center.

Jacob (left) and Olivia Adams, both of Erie, PA, pose near one of the 32 "Phantastic Phils!" in Punxsutawney during Groundhog Day 2010.

Inner Circle President Bill Deeley (far left) listens to Punxsutawney Phil deliver his annual prognostication in "groundhogese" during Groundhog Day 2010.

Kenneth H. Pearce of Punxsutawney (right) was the winner of the first-ever Punxsutawney Phil Lookalike Contest in 2010. The contest was hosted by Charlie Godart (second from left), a Pittsburgh media personality, and his dog, Big Beyonce.

Inner Circle President Mike Johnston reads Punxsutawney Phil's prediction ' 6 more weeks of winter ' during Groundhog Day 2009.

In 2010, PETA suggested that the Inner Circle replace Punxsutawney Phil with an animatronic groundhog. The club said no way, but this fan took on the challenge himself.

In western Pennsylvania, it's not surprising to find fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Groundhog Day.

Actor Stephen Tobolowsky, who played the geeky insurance man Ned Ryerson in the 1993 film Groundhog Day, was a special guest at Groundhog Day 2010.

It's an annual tradition at Gobbler's Knob during Groundhog Day: Members of the media take to the stage and lead the crowd in a rousing ' and physical ' dance of the Village People's "YMCA."

Jade Brooks (left) and Cherokee Brooks meet this larger-than-life Punxsutawney Phil during Groundhog Day 2010.

There is no shortage of Groundhog Day souvenirs, like these plush toys of Punxsutawney Phil and his wife Phyllis, introduced in time for Groundhog Day 2011.

Punxsutawney Phil's home away from Gobbler's Knob is Phil's Burrow, located in a portion of the children's section of the Punxsutawney Memorial Library.

"Shhhhh!" says Punxsutawney Phil's co-handler Ben Hughes, as he and fellow co-handler John Hughes retrieve the groundhog from his stump at Groundhog Day 2009.

Former Inner Circle President Bill Cooper knocks on the door of Punxsutawney Phil's burrow at Gobbler's Knob during Groundhog Day 2009.

The crowd at Gobbler's Knob awaits Punxsutawney Phil's prediction during Groundhog Day 2010.

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