Ground Hog Day 2019 – Wiarton Willie Says Early Spring

Wiarton Willie says early spring!

WIARTON ON – WEATHER – Wiarton Willie is a cultural icon. Today is the one day a year that the iconic groundhog works. His task is predicting either an early spring or a longer winter.

This year, Wiarton Willie did not see his shadow. That means an early spring if the legend and lore are true.

The event saw Premier Doug Ford attend the Wiarton Willie Festival this year.

This winter, which across Ontario has seen either snowstorms or frigid Arctic conditions has taken a toll on many people. Seeing an early spring would be very welcome.

“Long winter or early spring, Ontario is the best place in the world to enjoy any season!  We make the most of winter by celebrating the important things, like community, family and a hockey game or two, while still looking forward to a warmer spring,” said Premier Doug Ford. “I was honoured to take part in this fantastic festival, which is a great opportunity to bring the community together for some family-friendly fun.”

“Without a shadow of a doubt, I am thrilled to have Premier Ford join my constituents and people from across the province, country and world for the famous Wiarton Willie Festival,” said Bill Walker, Minister of Government and Consumer Services “The festival on Groundhog Day is a long-standing tradition that truly exemplifies the charm of the Wiarton community.”