January 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM
WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will be having a special Groundhog Day Event this Saturday. Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. will be the Master of Ceremonies on hand to see if Essex Ed, the zoo’s resident groundhog, will predict six more weeks of Winter or forecast an early Spring.
Essex Ed, Turtle Back’s resident groundhog. Credit: Essex County
The Zoo is located at 560 Northfield Avenue in West Orange. The 11am event is included in regular zoo admission, and will take place rain or shine.
According to folklore, if it is cloudy when the groundhog emerges from its burrow, winter-like weather will soon end. If it is sunny and the groundhog sees its shadow, winter weather will continue for six more weeks. Credit: Essex County
For further information:
County Executive: Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Newark, NJ 07102