Welcome to Gobbler’s Knob, where DENTCO honored Punxsutawney Phil in 2009 by commissioning world-renowned wildlife sculptor, Geoffrey Smith, to create a life-size bronze sculpture of Punxsutawney Phil. The sculpture became a significant part of Groundhog Day that year and continues to live on in the Weather Discovery Center in Punxsutawney.
DENTCO announces it is honoring Punxsutawney Phil on national media in Times Square.
Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction at Gobbler’s Knob with the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, a group of local dignitaries who are responsible for preserving the tradition of Groundhog Day each year and surrounding Phil during his prediction. Inner Circle member, Mike Johnston, noted, “Each year we get dozens of requests for participation to support Phil, but nothing we’ve ever done has the permanence we’ll enjoy with this life-size sculpture. We’ve made the bronze part of this year’s celebration, and feel the sculpture will be a wonderful dedication to Groundhog Day 2009.”
Limited-edition miniature bronze sculptures of the life-size Phil sculpture were signed and numbered and available for purchase.
The dedication ceremony and effort took place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 in Barclay Square following Phil’s sunrise weather prediction. Pictured are a member of the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle and Kevin Dent, former CEO of DENTCO.
The life-size sculpture with members of the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle and Kevin Dent, former CEO of DENTCO. The life-size sculpture was then be on permanent display at the Weather Discovery Center, an interactive science center in the heart of Punxsutawney.