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Phil Phest and the Annual Groundhog Picnic!

Here it is Groundhoggers!  The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle would like to announce two great upcoming events:  The 2nd Annual Phil Phest and the 115th Annual Groundhog Picnic.


The sound of music in the air, delicious food, yard games being played, and most importantly, Punxsutawney Phil receiving the Elixir of Life!  What more could anyone ask for on a beautiful summer day at Gobbler’s Knob?   Mark your calendars for August 10, 2013 and prepare for an event that combines tradition, live music, and fun in the sun- The 2nd Annual Phil Phest!  The event is open to those 21and older and runs from 1pm to 9pm with the Inner Circle administering the Elixir of Life to Phil at 4pm.  In accordance with the Legend, with each sip of Elixir, Phil receives 7 more years of life and longevity.  “We moved the date up to August this year hoping to catch some of the great summer weather as we are anticipating a great crowd, awesome music, and a good time!” stated The Rainmaker, A.J. Dereume, Committee Head of Phil Phest.

There will be 3 bands performing throughout the afternoon and evening:  Pure Cane Sugar, The Beagle Brothers, and Joe Pascuzzo.  Food will be available for purchase from two great local vendors:  Laska’s Pizza and Villella’s Meats. The Inner Circle will be providing complementary beer for those 21 years of age and older. Yard Games will be available to play with a “Corn Hole” Tournament beginning at 2pm. The winners will receive a custom set of 2013 Phil Phest custom corn-hole boards.

Ticket Prices are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.  Bring a valid ID; this event is for patrons 21 and older.

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The traditional 115th Annual Groundhog Club Picnic and Outing is going to be held September 7th 2013.  “After a one year hiatus, the picnic is back.  It’s bigger and better than ever”, stated the Big Windmaker; Tom Uberti.  All patrons 21 years old and older are invited to come. Tickets are $20. There will be complementary food, beverages, and a lot of fun! The food is being catered by IUP’s Aramark Food Services.  Having the Groundhog Picnic catered is a first for the Groundhog Club.  The members of the Inner Circle are looking forward to this aspect because it will give them the ability to mingle and enjoy the company of the attendees.

The menu includes hot dogs, hamburgers, kielbasa, and corn on the cob for lunch and a New York Strip Steak with redskin potatoes and all the trimmings, including dessert will be served for dinner.

Big Screen TV’s will be located in the building to watch football games and yard games will be set up if you wish to participate.   The Annual Groundhog Picnic is a great piece of Groundhog Club and Punxsutawney history.

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