The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle is comprised of 15 members whose task it is to protect and perpetuate the legend of the great weather-predicting groundhog Punxsutawney Phil.
The club was formed in the 1880’s, and as the legend of Punxsutawney Phil grew, so too did the ceremony that honors him every February 2nd at Gobblers Knob. The Inner Circle manages and hosts the festivities of Groundhog Day that culminate at 7:20 AM when they don their tuxedos and top hats to help bring Punxsutawney Phil from his stump so that he can tell the world if it will be an early spring, or if 6 more weeks of winter are ahead.
Punxsutawney Phil’s prognostications have drawn the attention and praise of thousands of his faithful followers who now flock to Gobblers Knob each year from around the world. With so many of Phil’s fans now devoted to the celebration, the Inner Circle hosts additional events and gatherings throughout the week leading up to Groundhog Day, including the Groundhog Ball and the Groundhog Banquet.
Phil and the club also travel throughout the world, visiting people who wish to meet Phil and find out more about his amazing popularity and regal stature.
In the late summer, the club makes a Trek to Phil's Stump at Gobbler's Knob to feed him his “Elixir of Life”. The elixir is made from a secret recipe and provides Phil with the potion that has sustained his longevity and youthful good looks.
While the Inner Circle acts as the keepers and protectors of Punxsutawney Phil, the Groundhog Club consists of many more wonderful members from around the world. Membership is available to anyone, and includes the benefits worthy of being a “Faithful Follower of Phil.” Become a member today!
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