S Florida St, Buckhannon, WV 26201
Put in place at Buckhannon’s Jawbone Park and officially unveiled on Mar. 20, 2018, the famous groundhog now stands to remind everyone that Spring will always come again!
Katie Kuba gives this brief account from Mayor David McCauley in an article written in The Record Delta:
“Half in jest, I suggested that his eminence be perpetually honored in our own Jawbone Park to which several southern Upshurians, (or is it Upshurites?…) asked if I was serious, to which I responded if they wanted it, we’d make it happen,” McCauley told attendees at Freddie’s unveiling Tuesday. “They wanted it, so (public works director) Jerry Arnold, Tim Miller of The Sign Guy and yours truly worked on a design and here we are.”
“When discussing dimensions, Jerry Arnold said, ‘Go big or go home!’” “We figured a good day to unveil Freddie would be on the official first day of Spring to see how Freddie’s Feb. 2 prediction that we’d have six more weeks of winter, worked out.”
“We seek to connect Buckhannon visitors with the awesomeness of our W.Va. Wildlife Center and all of southern Upshur County and what better way of promoting the center than to honor their star Freddie here where many visitors come,”
“Our hope is to aid tourism in southern Upshur as a result of our hype today.”