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First-ever Gobbler’s Knob Community Yard Sale set for Saturday

July 19, 2012

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Groundhog Day is still a few months away, but Gobbler’s Knob — Punxsutawney Phil’s home away from his burrow at the library — will be busy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday during the first-ever Gobbler’s Knob Community Yard Sale.

Katie Donald, the executive director of the Groundhog Club, said anyone and everyone is invited to sell items, provided that they stop at the Punxsutawney Area Chamber of Commerce and sign up.

If that’s not possible, vendors or residents may come to the knob at 8 a.m. Saturday to do so.

“This yard is just an opportunity for the community to get together and sell their unwanted items,” Donald said. “The space sizes are 20-by-20, and they are $5 a space.”

The word of the event has reached far beyond Punxsy’s borders via the club’s Web site, www.groundhog.org; a mass e-mail to the more than 500
members of the Groundhog Club from all over and via Facebook, Twitter, the Chamber’s newsletter and regional tourism groups.

As the weeks of summer continue, Punxsy is still active with tourists and guests, but Donald said she hopes anyone — guests, tourists and residents — will attend.

“I hope to attract both (resident and tourists),” she said. “The tourists who are planning to visit Punxsutawney and Gobbler’s Knob will also benefit from this event and will get to see the hometown hospitality we have.”

Also, there will be information about upcoming Punxsy events, Groundhog Day, volunteering and joining the club.

Tables can be rented, if needed, for an additional $5, and everyone is more than welcome to bring their own tables and tents.

“Any money the vendors make, they get to keep,” Donald said. “The only proceeds the club is receiving are from the $5 space fee and the sale of refreshments and snacks. The main focus of this event is on the vendors and the people attending.”

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