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Upcoming Groundhog Day Expedition

January 4, 2013

I’ve already written about my prior Groundhog Day adventure on my blog at

But this coming Groundhog Day I anticipate will be even better.

On Saturday, February 2nd, 2013, my family will be heading up to Woodstock, IL, to participate in our first ever live Groundhog Day Prognostication event. Woodstock is about 62 miles northwest of Chicago.

You know the lore…on February 2nd, the midpoint of winter, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow, then spring will come early. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see his shadow and retreat back into its burrow and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

The original of the prognostication tradition ( dates back to the late 1800’s at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, PA.

The movie Groundhog Day tells a wonderful tale surrounding the Groundhog Day event.

As the movie was filmed in Woodstock, IL, the town of Woodstock celebrates the movie and the prognostication with various events on and around February 2nd each year.

This year, Groundhog Day is falling on a Saturday! So I will have the day off work and can take the kids to the famous Prognostication itself. The prognostication starts at 7am, so we’re going to have to wake up very early to get there in time. After the prognostication there are other free events that day including a 10am showing of the Groundhog Day movie at the theatre shown in the movie. There is also a Chili Cook-Off tasting/voting event, a guided Walking Tour of the filming sites, and a Groundhog Day movie symposium.

For more info about the Woodstock Groundhog Day events, go to the official events web site at:

I’m so excited! I have been waiting for an opportunity like this for many years. This is the year! Consider joining us there to experience fun moments you’ll treasure and remember the rest of your days.


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