Punxsutawney, PA

"Home of Punxsutawney Phil"

A statue in honor of the town’s legendary groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil. All of the funds made from the annual Groundhog Festival are given back to the community. (Credit: Destiny Pifer)

The town of Punxsutawney is best known for its famous weather forecaster Punxsutawney Phil, but we are also known for our desire to help those in need. Our town may be small, but our hearts are big. The money we make during Groundhog Day and our annual Groundhog Festival goes right back into the community. We cherish our visitors and welcome them to our home.  Those from around the world will find that we welcome each visitor with a kind face and a hardy handshake.

When you visit Punxsutawney you will notice our love for Punxsutawney Phil, which is quite evident by the dozens of groundhog statues designed by local artists. Our community is not only rich in history but allows our young and old artists in the community to showcase their works.

We also help those in need. Many residents gather together to organize fundraisers and events to help individuals who have suffered an accident or fire.  A few individuals in the community banded together to make over a hundred care packages for soldiers overseas. In fact, one resident asked the community to help decorate Christmas cards for men and women serving in the military. She succeeded and collected over a thousand cards to send overseas.

Our town is known for its animal advocates. These individuals rescue stray cats and dogs, pay to spay and neuter them, then find good homes for the animals. Most of all, they spread awareness.

Our town bands together for the annual Relay for Life, which raises money for cancer research. Lisa’s Ladybugs is an organization that provides cancer patients with transportation to doctor’s appointments and donates money to help them with medical expenses.

Our local high school art club recently put together special backpacks for children in foster care and the elementary students frequently visit nursing homes and raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation every year. We also help with an event called Run or Walk for Someone Special to raise money for Camp Friendship, a place for people with special needs.

Barclay Square is a historical landmark that has the people of Punxsutawney beaming with pride. (Credit: Destiny Pifer)