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Every Day Is Groundhog Day in Pennsylvania

Why am I not surprised Gov. Corbett is spending his time in office at non-events like Groundhog Day?

Every Day Is Groundhog Day in Pennsylvania

Couldn't help but giggle at the press release hyping Gov. Corbett's media blitz on the state's biggest non-story, Groundhog Day.

I had a ball covering the winter wink-wink back in 1997, documenting the movie-made spectacle in all its sudsy, shivering glory.

"Maybe it's the sheer stupidity," said Bud Dunkel, the president of the Inner Circle, the tuxedo-and-top-hat-wearing groundhog club, when I asked about why 20,000 people swarm Punxsutawney every February.

"To stand in the cold for hours and wait for a groundhog to tell you about the weather, it's ludicrous. If you can't have fun on Groundhog Day, you can't have fun."

Bored college kids turning a rodent's prognostication into a drinking game is one thing. Surely Corbett, who has so far spent his time in office promoting unusual hires and waging war with the poor, has something better to do?

Especially given that the annual made-for-TV event comes just a few days before the governor will deliver another catastrophic budget address.

Perhaps Corbett will work on his speech in between the snowball fights and hot chocolate. Here are his travel details, in case you want to meet him in the great outdoors to do some citizen lobbying.

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Governor Corbett to Attend Groundhog Day Events in Punxsutawney

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett will participate in two events on Feb. 1 and 2 as part of Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, Jefferson County. It will mark his first appearance at the annual Groundhog Day celebration.

At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, Governor Corbett will serve as keynote speaker during the Groundhog Banquet at the Punxsutawney High School cafeteria.

At 6:10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2, Corbett will make opening remarks during the Groundhog Day celebration at Gobbler’s Knob. Afterward, he will be available for media interviews in the media room at approximately 6:30 a.m.

 

-- Monica Yant Kinney

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