Woodstock Groundhog Day Canceled

Woodstock Willie's taking the day off. Can you blame him?

Tuesday, Feb 1, 2011  |  Updated 11:30 AM CDT
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Woodstock Groundhog Day Canceled

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Woodstock Willie is officially taking a snow day.

Wednesday's Groundhog Day festivities in Woodstock have been canceled because of the forthcoming snowstorm, coordinator Rick Bellairs said.

Willie's forecast will be read during the annual Groundhog Day breakfast, postponed until 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Pirro’s Restaurant, 228 Main St., in Woodstock.

For now, the mascot groundhog is "going to hunker down under the snow and stay warm," Bellairs said.

Woodstock is the site of the 1993 Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day." The corresponding ceremony has been held for about 17 years and has never been canceled save for one year it was relocated inside the Woodstock Opera House because of extreme cold.

Fingers crossed we still have a chance at spring.

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