Photos with Phil: Meet Punxsutawney’s famous groundhog this summer

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FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, Groundhog Club co-handler Al Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, during the 134th celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa. Due to safety precautions regarding COVID-19 transmission, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club has said there will be no public attendance for the 2021 event. However, the club’s inner circle will make the trek to Gobblers Knob on Tuesday, Feb. 2, for the 135th celebration that will be broadcast via television, internet and live-streamed. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — If you’ve ever wanted to meet Punxsutawney’s favorite groundhog apart from his annual holiday, now you have the opportunity.

Starting July 4, the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club will be scheduling free in-person meet and greets at the Gobbler’s Knob Visitor Center every other Sunday. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to meet a member of the Inner Circle and the Seer of Seers himself, Punxsutawney Phil.

Meet and greet sessions start at 11 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

In January, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and predicted six more weeks of winter. It was the 106th time the world-famous groundhog saw his shadow since the tradition began.

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