Travel tip: Punxsutawney’s summer festival promises more groundhog fun |

Travel tip: Punxsutawney’s summer festival promises more groundhog fun

Shirley McMarlin
If you didn't make it to Punxsutawney last February for the annual Groundhog Day ceremony, you can catch up with the famous rodent during the Punxsutawney Groundhog Festival, set for July 1 through 7.

Everybody knows about Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney — from local to national news, the Jefferson County borough gets its 15 minutes of fame every Feb. 2.

Perhaps lesser known is the annual Groundhog Festival, now in its 52nd year. You won’t have to get up before dawn or stand in the freezing cold to enjoy the carnival rides and games, music, food, crafters and kids’ activities planned for July 1 through 7 in downtown Punxsutawney.

The fun kicks off at 10 a.m. July 1 with a Park & Shine Cruz In car show.

For Independence Day, there will be music by Sail On, a Beach Boys tribute band, followed by fireworks.

The festival also is supported year-round by sales of groundhog-themed merchandise available at, a website labeled as “Punxsutawney Phil’s Official Souvenir Shop.”


Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter @shirley_trib.

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