Punxsutawney Phil - Punxsutawney, PA
Updated: Nov 2, 2021
While visiting Punxsutawney, PA we stopped to visit the beautiful Weather Capitol of the World mural that is located downtown, on the side of Roseman's Florist Shop. The mural was painted by local artist Kelly Porada.
Punxsutawney Phantastic Phils
When driving around the town of Punxsutawney, you can see a number of “Phantastic Phils”, large fiber-glass versions of the famous groundhog himself, These statues have become a nationwide tourist attraction, and are located at local businesses around Punxsutawney.
The statues are colorful, six-foot-tall fiberglass groundhogs. Each Phantasic Phil is painted or decorated by artists from all over PA, and many have historical meaning or hidden messages in their patterns.
Community members try to preserve each Phil and care for them, making arrangements to repair and repaint the statues when they need to be updated.
These are several Phantastic Phils that we passed while traveling through the town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
Phantastic Phil's Map: https://www.groundhog.org/traveler-resources
Lindsey Fire Company Phil -
Located at: 1010 W Mahoning St, Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Punksutenink Phil - the nearby Indian tribe, the Lenni Lenape, called the area “The Town of the Ponkies”. Ponkies are known as gnats or sandflies. The tribe had their own legends about the groundhog. This statue is loaded with all sorts of history.
Get Your Phil of Roses - there are thousands of pieces of carefully arranged glass decorating this statue. Brenda Nicklas, the sculpture, spent 200 hours to complete. “Get Your Phil of Roses” was almost damaged on the night of it’s unveiling due to a severe thunderstorm as lightening struck the brick building across the street and sent brick fragments flying in all directions.
Weather Capital of the World Phil -
Philtuminous - The Heritage Hog was sponsored by Miller Brothers Furniture. The founder of Miller Brothers Furniture was a coal miner.
Farmers Nation Bank Phil - one of the newest Phantastic Phils that was unvailed in January 2020.
Army Phil at VFW -
Freedom Phil - Nance Finley and Jeff Marshal created Phil as a tribute to Independence Day.
Fireman Phil - is a tribute to late firefighter Leroy “Cookie” Depp. Actual patches from 3 fire companies in Punxsutawney and the number worn by Leroy on Fireman Phil.
Officer Phil - is the newest Phantastic Phil which is located beside Barclay Square and was unveiled in June 2021.
Phillage - the very first of the Phantastic Phils. Painted by artist, Kelly Porada, it made it’s debut on Groundhog’s Day 2004. This is the only statue to feature Phil with the traditional tuxedo and top hat worn by the caretakers of the real Punxsutawney Phil.
Presby McPhil - located at the Presbyterian Church representing it’s Scottish heritage. Artist, Jeff Marshall, created this statue using everyday items such as empty cat food containers, sports drink bottles and yogurt containers.
Visit Phil's Burrow
Located at: 301 E. Mahoning St., Punxsy, PA 15767
Hours: 7 Days a Week, Dawn to Dusk
Punxsutawney Phil - the weather forcasting groundhog, and his wife Phyllis live in a climate controlled environment. There is a large window outside of their burrow so that you can view them. Phil only works one day a year, February 2nd, and the other 364 days he spends in his burrow at the Memorial Library with Phyllis.
Barclay Square - the town park
This is the where Phil's burrow is located. Below are photos of the park area where the library is located.
Located at: 1548 Woodland Avenue Extension, Punxsutawney, PA 15767
Bob Young, a volunteer at Gobbler’s Knob, was generous to give us the history on how Groundhog Day came to be. It started in Germany on February 2, which is Candlemas, a Christian holy day that commemorates the presentation of Jesus at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Candlemas is also known as Badger Day. If a badger emerges on February 2 and saw it’s shadow in the sunlight, four or more weeks of winter would follow. When the Pennsylvania Dutch immigrated to the USA they brought this tradition with them. Pennsylvania does not have badgers so a ground hog would have to do.
Phil relies on a number of volunteers called the Inner Circle to support the February 2 festivities. The Inner Circle wears tuxedos and top hats and they escort Phil through Gobbler’s Knob. Only the President of the Inner Circle can communicate directly with Phil.
Phil has been active since 1887 and his official name is Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather-Prophet Extraordinary.
Thousands of people attend the February 2 event each year to be present when Phil predicts the weather. The ceremony has been held at Gobbler’s Knob since 1887 when the first Groundhog Day was held by German immigrants. A bonfire is lit at 3 am to provide warmth for this event.
For more information on Gobbler's Knob, visit: https://www.groundhog.org/
Follow them on FB: https://www.facebook.com/punxsyphil.innercircle
Here are several photos that we took while visiting Gobbler's Knob.
Brick Sponsorship Program
Help support the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club as they continue Phase One of the Brick Sponsorship Program. Bricks will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
For more information on the Brick Sponsorship and other ways to support the Support the PGC visit them online at: https://www.groundhog.org/brick-sponsorship-program