Bristol Bob groundhog predicts early spring for 2024

Kids — and County Executive Samantha Kerkman (center back) — get a closer look at Bristol Bob during the Groundhog Day celebration Friday at the Pringle Nature Center in Kenosha County’s Bristol Woods Park. /Kenosha County photo

From Kenosha County:

Bristol Bob did not see his shadow this year — or, it should be said, nobody else spotted it — suggesting that winter’s end might be just around the corner.

Bob is the taxidermized groundhog who is the star of the show each Feb. 2 at the annual Groundhog Day celebration at the Pringle Nature Center in Kenosha County’s Bristol Woods Park.

This year’s edition, held Friday, included a reading of groundhog-themed children’s books, craft activities and, of course, Bristol Bob’s much-anticipated forecast. And, as it was a cloudy morning, his shadow was not visible to the crowd of children and adults who turned out for the show.

Kelly Brower, environmental educator at the Pringle Nature Center, gives a cheer to Bristol Bob, Pringle’s Groundhog Day prognosticator. Bob’s shadow was not visible Friday, which suggests winter’s end is coming soon. /Kenosha County photo
Kelly Brower, environmental educator at the Pringle Nature Center, reads a book about groundhogs prior to Bristol Bob’s forecast during Friday’s Groundhog Day celebration. /Kenosha County photo
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