French Creek Freddie wakes up tomorrow


FRENCH CREEK – Upshur County’s world famous weather prognosticator will wake from his winter slumber tomorrow morning at the West Virginia Wildlife Center to make his prediction of an early spring or six more weeks of winter.

Freddie will make his prediction at 10 a.m. with attendees gathering at the amphitheater beginning at 9:30 a.m.

This free event will also include other scheduled activities such as a wood chucking contest. Hot chocolate will also be ready in case the weather is a bit on the chilly side.

This marks the 42nd time French Creek Freddie has predicted the weather from southern Upshur County. It’s a tradition that brings people from far and wide to see Freddie emerge from his winter home and see if he sees his shadow or not.

Judy Channel, of the West Virginia Wildlife Center, noted on July 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. there will be a “Summer Celebration” at the wildlife center that will include a car show, 3k groundhog run and other warm weather activities for the adults 

According the WVDNR, approximately 25 species of wildlife can be viewed along a wheelchair-accessible, 1.25-mile interpretive trail that runs through a mature hardwood forest. Interpretive signs help visitors to learn more about each animal’s life history, biology and relationship with humans.

The State Wildlife Center is located in north-central West Virginia, 12 miles south of Buckhannon on State Route 20. From the north, take exit 99 off Interstate 79 and follow US Route 33 approximately 12 miles east to Buckhannon and turn south on State Route 20. Coming from the south, take exit 67 off Interstate 79 at Flatwoods and follow State Routes 19 and 4 approximately 30 miles north to Rock Cave and Route 20. From Rock Cave, follow State Route 20 north for 2 miles to the Wildlife Center.

For more information, call 304-924-6211 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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