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.