Most important day of the year in Quarryville Pa-Groundhog Day localism
One hundred and three years ago some upstanding citizens of a small town in Lancaster county Pennsylvania, declared to the world that their groundhog had seen his shadow. Thereby predicting that there would be six more weeks of winter.
Since then the members of Quarryville's Slumbering Groundhog Lodge have faithfully gathered every year to observe Orphie and his extended family then give their reports to the Hibernating governor. The current hibernating governor is Rick Rankin who is also the CEO of one of Lancaster County's largest and most respected insurance agencies.
According to folklore, if the groundhog emerges from his burrow and sees his shadow, he will retreat underground and there will be "six more weeks of winter". If the groundhog does not see his shadow "spring will be right around the corner". The fun continues as the lodge members read how the media twists and adds to the prognostication. This morning Governor Rankin announced that there would be six more weeks of winter. The announcement was made from atop the Pinnacle of Prognostication which was made from an old manure spreader.
Although other groundhogs, like the publicity seeking Punxsutawney Phil, claim to represent the groundhogs of the world, OCTORARO ORPHIE is the accepted and true representive of his breed. Quarryville Pa is proud to be able to state with certainty that Orphie has NEVER been wrong in his one hundred and three year history and is the only animal to have a day on the calendar named in his honor.