April 14, 2019 - Bell Township Elementary Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
Punxsutawney is a borough in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, United States, 84 miles (135 km) northeast of Pittsburgh. With a population of 5,962 as of the 2010 census, Punxsutawney is the largest incorporated municipality in Jefferson County. The borough is most well-known for its ties to Groundhog Day, the primary celebration of which takes place every February 2nd at Gobbler's Knob in southeastern Punxsutawney. This celebration of the holiday has become the most attended in the United States, with upwards of 20,000 people attending the celebration on average each year, with millions more watching on television or on the Internet. The lore of the holiday is a major part of the borough's identity. This is shown throughout town in various ways, such as the mural of the weather-forecasting groundhog himself, Punxsutawney Phil, at the intersection of Gilpin and Mahoning Streets; the mural painted by art students from Punxsutawney Area High School that can be found under the bridge over the Mahoning Creek crossing into the east end of town; the mascot of the Punxsutawney Area School District's schools, the Chucks; and the numerous statues of Phil that can be found throughout town, lovingly called Phantastic Phils, that present the groundhog in dress appropriate to where he is found, such as the statue dressed as a reporter outside of the offices of The Punxsutawney Spirit, the borough's local newspaper. These statues also serve to provide a history of the borough outside of its Groundhog Day identity.