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.
In addition, Buckeye Chuck fans can visit WMRN.com, and guess whether Chuck will, or will not, see his shadow, for a chance to win a $500 gift card from Miller Lawn & Power.
Last year and in 2019, the groundhog declared an early spring.
Paul James of iHeartMedia Marion said Buckeye Chuck boasts of a 67% accuracy rate for his annual weather prediction, but the past few years have been tough for the pudgy rodent. Prior to 2020 and 2019's accurate prediction, Chuck served up bogus forecasts in six of the previous seven years, including 2018.