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Local furry forecaster Jimmy to predict spring
Local furry forecaster Jimmy to predict spring

Mayor to translate the groundhog's word on winter's end     

Sun Prairie will host its traditional prognostication ceremony early Saturday with nationally famed Jimmy the Groundhog. 

The city’s annual Groundhog's Day event is scheduled at sunrise on in Cannery Square Plaza, downtown Sun Prairie.

According to the cultural tradition, if a groundhog sees his shadow on the morning of Feb. 2, winter will hold off the spring season another six weeks.

Bruce Sprague, chairman for the Sun Prairie Business Improvement District, said Jimmy will get a fire truck escort at about 6:50 a.m.

The official prognostication will take place at sunrise, about 7:11 a.m., when Mayor John Murray will share Jimmy's estimate on when spring will arrive. Sun Prairie city legend says that only the mayor can translate Jimmy’s prediction.


Area businesses will also host Groundhog's Day-themed events Saturday in celebration. A scavenger hunt challenges visitors to "Find Jimmy" at various locations in Cannery Square and the seekers with completed punch cards can win prizes. Pick up a "punch" card at the Market Street Diner to get more information. 

Among some merchant offers are a special Jimmy drink at Eddie's Ale House and chocolate Jimmies at Beans 'n Cream Coffeehouse. 

Sprague said the BID took the reins to the annual prognostication from the Chamber of Commerce this year.


(P.S. Last year Jimmy predicted an early spring.)

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