Some people look to groundhogs on Feb. 2 to determine how long winter will last. In Brightwood, residents are turning to their own mountain beaver, Barlow Boomer.
Residents are planning the first Mountain Boomer Day Celebration for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Barlow Wayside Park.
After determining if Boomer the mountain beaver sees his shadow, and whether there are six more weeks of winter, participants are invited on a mile-long walk through a section of the park.
'Some think this day is all about another kind of rodent made famous by Bill Murray in the movie 'Groundhog Day,'' said Mitch Williams, a Barlow Wayside Park mover and shaker. 'In fact, Feb. 2 began in England as 'Hedgehog Day.' Here we have Barlow Boomer, and we so look forward to seeing him again.'