Groundhog’s Day looked different this year


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The Inner Circle held Groundhog’s Day a little bit different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Inner Circle members announced in November 2020 that no one can go to Gobbler’s Knob because of restrictions. So, Groundhog Day was held virtually online and on the news.

Since a crowd was not allowed at Gobbler’s Knob, there were cardboard pictures of people to make it look like an audience. The Inner Circle members were excited to announce Phil’s prediction. They let certain reporters into Gobbler’s Knob. There are now three new Inner Circle members. The new members are Jory Serrian, Rob McCoy, and Patrick Casaday. They are well known as the ‘seeds’ in the inner circle.

Jason Grusky, the Big Chill, said the Inner Circle wanted to make the virtual production special ahead of time by working hard on it.

“We had to do a lot of filming and film editing to make our TV special ahead of time,” Grusky said.

Grusky said the experience they had by making the virtual production was fun to them and had a good time.

“It turned out to be a lot of fun and people couldn’t be there in person. I think they enjoy watching it all from their TV from their warm houses,” Grusky said.

Grusky said his favorite part of being in the Inner Circle is helping in the community.

“I’m helping out the community by staying family-friendly at the event that brings in tourists,” Grusky said.

There are some positive and negative things about having the virtual Groundhog’s Day.

“It is positive that it brings in people and negative that being in person is an unique and fun experience,” Grusky said.

Phil saw his shadow on February 2, 2021, so six more weeks of winter this year.