It’s Ground­hog Day all over again

Two Rivers Tun­nel makes his an­nual pre­dic­tion Tues­day

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS/WEATHER -

HUNT­ING­TON — Many peo­ple may have en­joyed the mild weather of the last few weeks but it could mean a longer win­ter if a lo­cal ground­hog sees his shadow, says one wildlife park rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Two Rivers Wildlife Park will hold its Ground­hog Day fes­tiv­i­ties Tues­day.

The park’s res­i­dent ground­hog, Two Rivers Tun­nel, is ex­pected to make his an­nual pre­dic­tion at 11:22 a.m. with the park gates open­ing at 9 a.m.

It is ex­pected to be sunny on ground­hog day, so that in­creases Two Rivers Tun­nel’s chances of see­ing his shadow, said Ear­lene MacPher­son of Two Rivers Wildlife Park.

“So that might mean six more weeks of win­ter.”

About 300 chil­dren are ex­pected to at­tend the event, she said.

Hal Hig­gins from CBC will be mas­ter of cer­e­monies and sev­eral lo­cal dig­ni­taries are also ex­pected to at­tend, said MacPher­son.

The Ground­hog Day event will launch the park’s Win­ter Frolic fes­ti­val, which takes place Fri­day to Sun­day and will in­clude skat­ing, mu­sic, a can­dlelit tour of the trail and a free horse and sleigh taxi to and from the park’s can­teen area.

MacPher­son said the warm weather has been nice but park of­fi­cials are hop­ing for a lit­tle more snow so the events planned for the fes­ti­val can take place.

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