Just after 7:10 a.m., the "Top Hats," also known as the members of the
Groundhog Club's Inner Circle, made their ceremonial march toward the
stage, beginning the keynote event of a weekend filled with activity
throughout the town of Punxsutawney.
Members of the Inner Circle greeted the crowd after they worked their
way through it, then it was "time to get serious about the weather,"
as Jeff Lundy, vice president of the Groundhog Club, announced. At
that point, the official festivities began with the introductions of
the members of the Inner Circle.