Punxsutawney Descended On By Record Crowd for Groundhog Day
Punxsutawney's 119th Groundhog Day ritual had a record-breaking weekday attendance of 12,000 Punxsutawney Phil fans, according to official PA Tourism Office reports. As one of few events drawing national attention during the northeast's bleak winter months, Pennsylvania continues to pour PR resources into an otherwise forgotten part of the state. For 2005, the Groundhog Day was supported by a web cast of live cameras on Gobbler's Knob, reaching an audience around the world. They also posted short video clips at www.groundhogchase.com of someone in a groundhog mascot suit "chasing his shadow," another person in a darker mascot suit.[03/05/2005]
- Woodland Ave., Punxsutawney, PA
- Southeast of town. Take Hwy 36 a quarter mile east of US 119, then turn right (south) on Woodland Ave. Drive for one mile. The road bends sharply to the left, then to the right. Gobblers Knob will be on the east side of the road, at the crest of the hill. Drive into the parking lot; the Knob will be on the right, in a little wooded hollow.