PHOTOS: Great crowd out for Shubenacadie Sam

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SHUBENACADIE: The prognosticator and famous Nova Scotia Groundhog Shubenacadie Sam made his prediction on Feb. 2.

Children wait in anticipation for Shubenacadie Sam to make his yearly appearance for his prediction. (Healey photo)

Before a throng of young kids at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park–and after some enticing to come out of his warm burrow pen to the -12 degrees outside–Sam came out and quickly wanted to go back in to his pen.

That signified that he saw his shadow.

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The prediction tells Maritimers to keep the winter clothes at the ready as Spring isn’t coming anytime soon. Instead we’re in for six more weeks of winter weather.

Sam didn’t go far from his pen only stopping to see kids with signs nearby before heading back to the entryway to his burrow.

Lands and Forest Minister Iain Rankin and East Hants Town Crier Anita Benedict spoke before Sam came out.

Colchester-Musquodoboit PC MLA Larry Harrison was also in attendance at the event, which falls in his riding.

There were plenty of activities going on inside from facepainting, crafts, and seeing information about the Wildlife Park.

It was also World Wetlands Day.

After the event was over, Sam was quickly put into a crate and into a nearby N.S. Lands and Forestry truck to warm up by his caring caretakers.

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MAIN PHOTO: East Hants Town Crier Anita Benedict reads the cry before Shubenacadie Sam makes his appearance on Feb. 2. (Healey photo)

These two kids check out one of the activities inside. (Healey photo)