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When will spring arrive? Find out at York's traditional Groundhog Day events

Rebecca Klar
York Dispatch

Two annual York County Groundhog Day festivities are returning on Saturday, Feb. 2, as community members gather for predictions on whether spring will arrive early or late. 

In York City, the York Slumbering Groundhog Lodge will host its 91st celebration at sunrise, or 7:15 a.m., at the York Elks Lodge No. 213, 223 N. George St.

Pre-festivities begin at 6:30 a.m. There also is a  breakfast to follow the event, according to a lodge Facebook post. The ceremony will begin with the annual reciting of the Groundhog pledge, followed by the induction of new lodge members and conclude with the reading of the prognostication or weather prediction. 

York Slumbering Groundhog Lodge's mascot, Poor Richard, proclaims, "Early spring is the thing," during the 90th annual Groundhog Day event at York Elk Lodge 213 in York City, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The lodge's Poor Richard groundhog has rarely been wrong in his prediction since the lodge was founded in 1928, according to the group. 

Any dues-paying member of any Elks Lodge or community member can join the York Slumbering Groundhog Lodge for $5 a year. The proceeds go to local charities. 

Dover Doug: Dover Township Recreation also will host its annual spring weather prediction event on Saturday.

Dover Doug will predict spring weather at 7 a.m. at the Log House at Dover Community Park, 2481 W. Canal Road, according to a Facebook event

All who attend the prognostication will receive a free ticket to the pancake breakfast that will follow from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

Those who don't make it to the park at 7 a.m. to witness Dover Doug's predictions can pay for a ticket to the breakfast $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and children ages 3 and older; children younger than 2 eat free.