Jan 31, 2023 - Things to Do
The heated rivalry between Punxsutawney Phil and Buckeye Chuck
👋 Alissa here. Last Groundhog Day I made the inexcusable oversight of only citing Punxsutawney Phil's forecast in our newsletter.
- A few of you kindly pointed out the error, which I certainly won't make twice.
Why it matters: Pennsylvania's Phil may be nationally famous. But smart Ohioans know our official state groundhog is Marion's Buckeye Chuck, a title Ohio's legislature bestowed upon the original groundhog way back in 1979.
- Fans and journalists have passionately debated the rival groundhogs' prognosticating abilities for years.
What we're watching: Event host WMRN-AM is still advertising a live Buckeye Chuck event for 7am Thursday.
- But last week, a spokesperson told the Marion Star it was "unclear" if the groundhog would make an appearance following criticism from PETA and closure of the business that supplied the animal.
📬 We want to know: What forecast will you be watching? Are you on Team Chuck or Team Phil? Email [email protected]
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