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Phil’s ‘phestivities’ begin with Mulberry King, Queen

January 28, 2014

(Photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

Robert Mario Bianco and Rita Richardson were crowned Groundhog King and Groundhog Queen of Mulberry Square on Tuesday, as Punxsutawney Phil paid a special visit for the crowning ceremony.

Pictured (front, from left) are Helen Berger, runner-up; Bianco, Richardson, Pat Dufell, runner-up; (back) Jason Grusky, The Big Chill, Groundhog Club Inner Circle; Ron Ploucha, Phil's co-handler, Groundhog Club Inner Circle, holding Phil; and Jen Gjurich, Mulberry Square administrator.

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