Buckeye Chuck to predict season virtually for 2021

Paul James, left, of iHeartMedia Marion prepares to announce Buckeye Chuck's official forecast for Groundhog Day 2020. Chuck did not see his shadow on Sunday and is predicting an early spring for Ohio. Buckeye Chuck's handlers from Kokas Exotics of Prospect had Chuck on stage as James read the forecast.

Those anxiously waiting to see if Buckeye Chuck will see his shadow this year will still be able to watch the beloved groundhog predict the weather--through a computer or phone screen. 

According to a news release from WMRN-AM, the 41st annual Groundhog Day event on Feb. 2 will be virtual this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

The event, held at WMRN Studios in Marion, will be livestreamed on the Buckeye Chuck Facebook Page, on the air at 1490 AM and free on WMRN-AM’s channel on the iHeartRadio app. The broadcast will begin at 7 a.m. and will be sponsored by Farmers Mutual Insurance Agency. 

Beginning Monday, people can stop in to Hessler’s Screen Printing and More in Marion and make a donation of non-perishable food or money to the St. Vincent DePaul food pantry. They will then receive an “I Heart Buckeye Chuck” T-shirt, courtesy of Hempy Water, while supplies last. 

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