Cocalico Cal will appear Saturday

By on January 26, 2012

This Saturday, Jan. 28, celebrity groundhog Cocalico Cal will for the 10th year forecast the weather for the remainder of the winter.

Other imitators will no doubt follow his lead on Feb. 2 because Cal has never been wrong. Of concern to many is the Mayan Indian calendar prediction of the end of the world this year. Cal has stated that the end will not occur until September, after the Ephrata Fair. He has also informed "The Ephrata Review" that there will be a solar eclipse at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday morning. None of the big-name TV weathercasters are even aware of this.

No one ever knows how Cal will arrive on Groundhog Day. A boat, limousine, police cruiser, ambulance, and even a horse and buggy were used in previous years. Last year he bragged about his RV, which turned out to be a truck filled with dirt, with his burrow in the dirt.

This year, for the first time, there will be a VIP seating area in the park for all who have VIP passes, and, another first, guest artist Michael Bubble will sing in Pennsylvania Dutch. Three new "babies" for the groundhog lodge will be dunked into the Cocalico Creek after the prognostication. Cal says that everyone is invited to attend. He will not try to sell anyone lottery tickets.

The ceremony takes place at 9 a.m. in the Ephrata Park, regardless of weather, rain or shine or snow. Admission and parking are free. Free coffee and doughnuts will be served in the Eicher Arts Center in the park prior to the pageant.

The event is organized by the Lincoln Lodge of the Maximus Marmot on behalf of Ephrata Area Social Services. All who attend are encouraged to bring non-perishable food for the EASS Food Bank. More COCALICO CAL, page A17

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