Goodbye Punxsutawney Phil... hello to white squirrel, Pisgah Pete!

The squirrel will predict spring’s arrival and the winner of the Super Bowl

BREVARD, North Carolina – Brevard, North Carolina has done away with Groundhog Day and made its own holiday.

The city celebrates White Squirrel Day instead, where Pisgah Pete, a white squirrel, tries to outshine Punxsutawney Phil and make his own predictions for spring’s arrival and the winner of the Super Bowl, according to the White Squirrel Institute.

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Posted by White Squirrel Institute on Friday, January 17, 2020

The institute says this is the sixth year of the event.

“It’s been astonishing each year to watch Pete predict – with incredible accuracy, mind you – the winner of the Super Bowl,” said Brevard Mayor Jimmy Harris, in a press release. “In fact, I believe Brevard is the new happening, more-accurate, more-fun place to be on Groundhog Day. All eyes of the world are on Brevard now.”

The event itself acts as a fundraiser for the White Squirrel Institute, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to licensed wildlife rehabilitators, per its website.

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On Sunday at 7:25 a.m. in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, which means an early spring for us all, CNN reports.

Pisgah Pete was set to make his predictions Sunday afternoon. However, it has not yet been announced.

We’ll bring more updates as they become available.

To learn more about the White Squirrel Institute, click here.

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About the Author:

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.