HOPE, Ind. (WISH) – Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early Spring from his home in western Pennsylvania, but here in Indiana all eyes were on Grubby.
Grubby the groundhog did indeed predict six more weeks of winter on Sunday morning.
Her prediction contradicts Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction that “Spring will be early, it’s a certainty.”
“We like to think Grubby has a perfect record, but we’re very biased. Plus people define different temperatures as winter and spring,” said Susan Thayer Fye, executive director of Main Street of HOPE.
Grubby found her home in Hope, Indiana after she was attacked by a dog and then rescued by UTOPIA Wildlife Rehabilitators.
Caretaker Kathy Brown with UTOPIA says while Grubby was in recovery, she got used to humans and being fed, making a transition back into the wild difficult.
Grubby stayed at the center, giving Hope a Groundhog Day tradition of their own.
Hundreds of people joined in the town square for festivities which included costumes, speeches and of course an appearance by Grubby.
After the ceremony, there was a fundraiser breakfast at nearby Hope United Methodist Church to benefit the Hope Volunteer Fire Department.