Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Gen. Beauregard Lee the groundhog shows himself at sunrise on Groundhog Day at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn Saturday. His shadow was seen and according to this folklore tradition the annual weather prediction is six more weeks of winter.
Perhaps the most popular furry brown rodent will have his day in the spotlight on Sunday when Gen. Beauregard Lee announces his annual declaration on Groundhog Day.
Beau will exit his tiny two-story Colonial mansion at the Yellow River Game Ranch to predict the weather for the next six weeks. If Beau sees his shadow, winter continues until the beginning of March. If there is no shadow, spring blooms early.
Witnesses to Beau’s annual prognostication will be admitted for free between 7 a.m. and 8:30 am, with half-price admittance the remainder of the day.
The King, Queen and trumpeter from Medieval Times will herald Beau’s awakening.
Last year, Beau predicted a longer winter, while in 2012, he predicted an early spring.
Since becoming a Gwinnett celebrity, Beau has received honorary doctorates from The University of Georgia for “DWP, Doctor of Weather Prognostication” and Georgia State University for “Doctor of Southern Groundology.” He has also appeared on several television shows, like “The Today Show” with Willard Scott in 1998 and on the Animal Planet for Groundhog Day 2004.
Attendees are encouraged to make signs, carry stuffed groundhogs and bring any other memorabilia to promote the warmer weather.
Can’t make it out the to ranch? No problem.
You can get the weather prediction on Beau’s Twitter page, @GameRanch.