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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Willie Predicts Early Spring

Regional | by Daryl Morris  

Wiarton Willie does not see his shadow and predicts an early Spring.

It's Groundhog day -- and Wiarton Willie has broken the tie with a prediction of an early Spring.

Willie did not see his shadow -- and legend tells us that means Spring will come early -- even though we haven't had much of a Winter.

Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam also predicted an early spring this morning -- while Punxsatawney Phil disagreed and proclaimed six more weeks of winter.

Bayshore Broadcasting News Reporter Daryl Morris was in Wiarton for the prediction ceremony on Thursday morning.

With the crowd chanting "Welcome Willie!", the furry white groundhog poked his head out of his cage.

South Bruce Peninsula Mayor John Close, also the Mayor of the Land and the Marmot for the 2012 Wiarton Willie Festival, translated the groundhogese and proclaimed, "Hello Summer! It's an early spring! He did not see his shadow!"

And many people gathered for the annual prognostication were happy with that outcome.

Some tell Bayshore Broadcasting News the news is awesome and that they love it.

Others say they feel sorry for the snowmobilers, but it's good news that our roads have been mostly clear this past winter, and they want that to continue.

There are a few who would like a little more time to enjoy winter sports, like skiing, because we haven't seen enough snow yet this winter.

But one lady tells us she hasn't even put her bike away yet, so she's ready for warmer weather.

And everybody was in good spirits throughout the ceremony, saying they think the festival is great for the town of Wiarton.

One group of ladies has come every year for the past decade, and they say it's so much fun, that's why they keep coming back.

The entertainment continues in Wiarton for the 56th annual Wiarton Willie festival.

There are four days are packed full of family fun and they have the largest entertainment line-up ever at the festival.

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