UNADILLA – The promise of an early spring was in the air Saturday at Nebraska’s Groundhog Capital.
The renowned groundhog Unadilla Bill had no chance of seeing his shadow at sunrise Saturday and Groundhog Central Committee fixture Dale Henke called it the warmest and foggiest groundhog celebration ever.
The reigning king and queen Ron Fechner and Rachel Zahn agreed.
Zahn: “I think so.” Fechner: “It’s the warmest and the foggiest at the same time. That’s what we need for an earlier spring.”
Royalty candidates this year were Mark Czapla, Ralph Maloy, Jack Stilwell, Jodie West, Rachel Zeiger Ruehlin and Dawn Clark Dettmer.
Gov. Pete Ricketts and State Sen. Julie Slama, as well as the Syracuse girls state track champions, were among dignitaries in the parade.