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It's about an hour and a half from my home. And while I have driven through Punxsutawney before, I have not gone for the big event. Next year it is on a Saturday and I was thinking about taking my daughter up to see it.
Of course, this will depend on the weather. The big event is at 7 AM, so you have to get up pretty early in the morning if you plan on going.
There is a tradition in the Western world, from Germany originally, of an animal predicting the weather based on the sun being out on Feb. 2 (Candlemas on the Church calendar). Germans used badgers. The Pennsylvania Dutch had no badgers, so they turned to the groundhog.
It is a way to mark the halfway point of winter (more or less) and hope for better weather to come. People may make note of the prediction as a news item on that day, but it is quickly forgotten.
A Movie for All Time - Jonah Goldberg - National Review Online
You may find this commentary on the movie (and how others have found meaning in it) interesting.
Side note about the Pennsylvania Dutch - it's from Deutsch, since many Germans settled in the middle and western part of Pennsylvania. It evolved to Dutch, even to the point of one place in the middle of "Pennsylvania Dutch country" having a big windmill. Another interesting side note: The Amish, having descended form some of these early settlers, call us (their surrounding neighbors) "English."
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.