Punxsutawney Phil’s 120th Prediction: More Cold Weather Ahead

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his haunt on Gobbler’s Knob on this 120th Groundhog Day and, for the seventh consecutive year, predicted six more weeks of winter after seeing his shadow. Cheers and jeers were plentiful among the thousands who assembled for the annual pilgrimage to Punxsutawney, as Inner Circle member Bill Deeley coaxed Phil from his hole and read his wintry prediction.

“While many of us hope for warmer weather, we are happy that our visitors will have more time to explore all of the wonderful winter activities in Pennsylvania,” said Mickey Rowley, deputy secretary of Tourism in the Department of Community and Economic Development.

“Winter in Pennsylvania provides endless outdoor opportunities like skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating and snowshoeing, but it also is a great time to explore indoor activities like our world-class art and children’s museums, indoor gardens and performing arts shows.”

Below is just a sampling of what visitors and Pennsylvanians can explore in the remaining six weeks of winter.

– International Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous (Feb. 18-25, Ridgway)

Each year hundreds of chainsaw carvers from across the country and the world gather in Ridgway to share their art and skill with the public, compete in chainsaw competitions, offer safety classes, carving displays and much more. (http://www.chainsawrendezvous.org/)

– The Philadelphia Flower Show (March 5-12, Philadelphia)

Celebrate “Enchanted Spring, A Tribute to Mother Nature” at the 2006 Philadelphia Flower Show. Hosted by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Philadelphia Flower Show features garden and special floral exhibitions and demonstrations, educational programs, merchant stands and more throughout its ten indoor acres. On display will be the largest plant sculpture in the world, Natura, goddess of Nature, rising 27 feet above the show floor. (http://www.theflowershow.com/)

– Skiing at Seven Springs Mountain Resort (Champion)

Seven Springs has been consistently rated the number one ski resort in the Mid-Atlantic by SKI magazine. With 14 slopes and 17 trails, an elevation of 2,994 feet, and the widest variety of terrain and lifts in the state, skiers and riders can enjoy its more than 275 acres. Snow tubing is also available, along with great activities for families. (http://www.7springs.com/)

– Ice Skating at PPG Place (Pittsburgh)

Newly created downtown ice skating rink PPG Place is fast becoming a Pittsburgh tradition. While gliding along the ice, lights from the city twinkle as they are reflected by the glass structure of the PPG Place buildings. PPG Place is close to shops, cafes, restaurants and the Cultural District. (http://www.ppgplace.com/rink.shtml)

For more information on Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction and what to do in Pennsylvania during any season, visit http://www.visitpa.com/.

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office, under the state Department of Community and Economic Development, is dedicated to fulfilling the needs and aspirations of travelers by presenting them with the information and resources they need to plan and enjoy the activities, attractions and destinations that are uniquely Pennsylvania. For more information about Pennsylvania’s tourism industry, go to http://www.visitpa.com/, or call (800) VISIT PA.

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