Lilburn's groundhog calls for 6 more weeks of winter
LILBURN, GA (CBS46) -
There's good news and bad news for those of you who are ready for an early spring.
The famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow in Pennsylvania, meaning spring is right around the corner, but here in the South we have our own forecasting groundhog named Gen. Beau Lee out at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Gwinnett County.
Beau did see his shadow, meaning six more weeks of winter.
Crowds gathered early for the groundhog's big day. To get him to come out of his fancy house, workers start with a little bit of food as the anticipation builds.
Eddie Mines is a regular to the event.
"I'm hoping for early spring. Early spring, I'm cold," said Mines.
But his grandson, Matthew, was cheering the other way. He actually wants the extra winter.
"I want it to snow," said Matthew Mines.
When the food didn't work to bring Beau out, it was time to step it up.
The crowd started cheering and ringing loud bells until Beau finally jumped out. The caller said Beau saw his shadow, and that meant bad news for a lot people in the crowd who hate the cold.
Christopher Brewer is one of the many young kids were disappointed with the outcome.
"It's really cold and I like going outside and playing. All this clothing gets in the way," said Brewer.
But that didn't seem to ruin all the fun. Most people said it's an important event to be a part of no matter what the forecast is.
"Every year. I don't care how cold it gets we're out here. Everybody's out here," said Mines.
Sheree Sheppard has been to the event a few times now.
"I wanted to cheer him on. I live in Lilburn so I had to support him," said Sheppard.
If you look at the numbers Beau is actually more accurate than Punxsutawney Phil. Workers at Yellow River Game Ranch said Beau is right about 93% of the time, but of course this year most people are hoping he's wrong.
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