November 21, 2014
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) - Groundhog Day coincides with the Super Bowl for the first time, but Punxsutawney (puhnk-suh-TAW'-nee) Phil's peeps say they don't expect the big game to steal his early morning spotlight.
Rather, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club expects about 20,000 revelers to gather around Gobbler's Knob when western Pennsylvania's world-famous rodent emerges from his lair just after dawn Sunday.
Legend has it that if the animal sees his shadow, winter will last for six weeks. If cloudy conditions prevent that, an early spring is forecast.
The folksy tradition typically attracts about 10,000 revelers when it falls on a weekday morning, but organizers expect twice as many for the weekend event. Groundhog-related festivities began Friday in the borough about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh and continue all weekend.
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