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Spring or six more weeks of winter? York County's Groundhog Day events will reveal all

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
New members of the Groundhog lodge wore hats and bibs during the Saturday festivities. Bil Bowden photo.

York countians will find out if they'll see spring around the corner or six more weeks of winter when annual Groundhog Day predictions take place Sunday.

York County's Poor Richard will reveal his prognostication Sunday, Feb. 2, at the York Elks Lodge No. 213, located at 223 N. George St. 

Festivities will begin at 7:15 a.m. as new members of the York Slumbering Groundhog Lodge gather to recite a pledge before being inducted into the organization. The weather prognostication will shortly follow after.

Poor Richard has "rarely" been wrong about a weather prediction, according to a York Elks Lodge Facebook post.

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

In Dover Township, predictions from Dover Doug will begin promptly at 7 a.m. at Lehr Park Pavilion, located at 3700 Davidsburg Road.

Attendees will receive a free ticket to an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast being held 8-11 a.m.  at the community building in the park. 

Residents who don't attend Dover Doug's prediction but still want to attend the breakfast can purchase a ticket: $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and children ages 3 and older; children younger than 2 eat free. 

Tickets can be purchased either at the door or online under the Groundhog Day tab on Dover Township Recreation's website.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.