70th Groundhog Prognostication: Jimmy the Groundhog saw his shadow

Published: Feb. 2, 2018 at 7:37 AM CST
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We will have 6 more weeks of winter, according to Jimmy the Groundhog.

The announcement was made during Sun Prairie's 70th annual Groundhog Day prognostication ceremony.

The annual winter celebration is a testament to the hardiness and hopefulness of Wisconsinites, and many families and community members came out to brave the cold and possibility of snow for the celebration.

"It's a super silly holiday, and a Sun Prairie tradition," said Emily Rabbitt who attended the ceremony with her family, "It's just a lot of fun, even if it is cold."

One Sun Prairie resident calls himself a devoted townie, who makes it out to the celebration every year.

Lon Hensler says the superstitious holiday is his favorite. “I go every year with my mom and we watch him. As long as the mayor and city officials have a good time….it’s a good time. They have a sense of humor about it.”

Hensler has been attending the Sun Prairie ceremony for more than 40 years.

"There's a lot of booing when he sees his shadow, because that means a late spring," said Hensler.

Before the prognostication from Jimmy the Groundhog, announcements were made by Emcee Mike Mahnke and Mayor Paul Esser. They also had translators in Hmong, Spanish and Sign Language.