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January 16, 2019

Celebrate Groundhog Day at family-friendly festival at wildlife refuge

Punxsutawney Phil's busy that day, but meet Tinicum Tim

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Groundhog Day festival Xinhua/Sipa USA

The most famous groundhog in the U.S. is Punxsutawney Phil.

You've heard of Punxsutawney Phil, the weather prognosticating groundhog, but have you heard of Tinicum Tim? 

He lives a lot closer to Philly, at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, near the Philadelphia International Airport.

On Groundhog Day, Feb. 2, you can meet Tim at a family-friendly festival. The annual free event at the wildlife refuge usually draws hundreds. 

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The day's activities include the morning "Groundhog Hike" at 9 a.m., followed by live music, games and crafts.

Throughout the day, there will be three interactive presentations, too. Attendees can learn about beekeeping, hang with live animals and meet a weather expert from the Franklin Institute.

At 12:30 p.m., everyone will make their way to the groundhog burrow to see Tim. At the burrow, there will be a 15-minute ceremony with a sing-along and rap to end the day's festivities.

10th Annual Groundhog Day Festival

Saturday, Feb. 2
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
8601 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19153

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