1st Annual Woodburn Groundhog Festival

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

Daily from February 1, 2014 until February 2, 2014

Phone: 260-466-5976

Email: beth@indianawild.org

Event Description

January 21, 2014 Updated Jan 21, 2014 at 2:29 PM EDT

Every year on February 2, people all around the world celebrate Groundhog Day. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.

This year residents of Woodburn, IN will be joining in the festivities. During the 2013 Woodburn Fall Festival local business Indiana Wild held a naming contest for their resident Groundhog ambassador. Indiana Wild is a Woodburn business, inspiring live animal conservation through outreach education programs. Indiana Wild believes that forming a positive, tactile, emotional connection with animals in an educational setting will foster a foundation of conservation and a love of wild things.

Residents selected Woodburn Wild Charles Winchester (a.k.a Chuck) as the name of choice. “Chuck has been a great addition to our team of Animal ambassadors.” stated Beth Wood Director of Indiana Wild. “People see them around but never generally as close as what we can get him. Chuck’s popularity is growing every day…he even has his own Facebook page.”

Indiana Wild also believes that animals are not simply a natural or scientific part of our world, but that they are intrinsically connected to people through culture. Animals play a significant role in human religion, science, history, art, folklore, mythology, medicine, sports, economy, and families. Which is why hosting a Groundhog Day festival seemed appropriate.

By February everyone is ready for something to do. The holidays are over and generally everyone is experiencing a little bit of cabin fever.

Groundhog Day 2014 is expected to be a big day in Woodburn. It is almost time for everyone to make plans to come and celebrate. Chuck will leave his burrow at 8:00a.m. February 2, 2014 in front of the Woodburn City Hall in Woodburn, Indiana. he will observe the weather conditions and look for his shadow he will then make his prediction for the remainder of winter. Lots of great events are scheduled to help celebrate Chuck’s Prognostication!
Scheduled activities include: February 1, 2014, 5-7pm Chili Cook-off dinner (free will donation accepted) followed by a square dance 7-10pm at Woodburn Community Center ($10 pre-sale tickets/$15 at the door). Sunday February 2: 8:00 am Prognostication in front of Woodburn City Hall followed by a pancake breakfast 8am-12 noon ($5/$7 tickets) sponsored by the Main St. Downtown Revitalization group. Anyone interested in more information may contact: Indiana Wild at 260-466-5976/ beth@indianawild.org. Or Kim Ramer at PNC bank 260-532-4234. Tiffany Heckley (Squaredance) at Heckley Auto and Outdoor Power 260-632-4135., Heidi Stoller (Pancake Breakfast) at Financial Partners Federal Credit Union 260-632-4245.

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