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“Fireman Phil” Phantastic Phil

“Fireman Phil” is one of the Phantastic Phil statues that can be found around town in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce this Phil “is a tribute to the late firefighter Leroy ‘Cookie’ Depp. ” Additionally on the statue there are patches from three local fire companies as well as the number worn by Leroy. Leroy’s family sponsored the creation of the statue, not just as a memorial to Depp, but “as a tribute to volunteer firefighters everywhere.”[]

“Philatelic” Phantastic Phil

This is the Phantastic Phil named “Philatelic” in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. According to the Punxsutawney Chamber of Commerce, this Phantastic Phil was sponsored by the employees of the Punxsutawney Post Office and named after the the collection and study of postage stamps which is called “philately.”[]

Philtuminous: The Heritage Hog Phantastic Phil

Philtuminous: The Heritage Hog – This Phantistic Phil is sponsored by the Miller Brothers Furniture and is located on West Mahoning Street in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.[]

Phillage Phantastic Phil

This is Phillage, the first Phantastic Phil, which was painted by artist Kelly Porada. It features Phil with the traditional tuxedo and top hat worn by the caretakers of Punxsutawney Phil.[]

Punksutenink Phil

This is one of the Phantastic Phils that populate Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, named “Punksutenink Phil” created by artist Robin McIvaine. This statue is a nod to the name[]

Grow up Great Phantastic Phil

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Phantastic Phil – “Freedom Phil”

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Phantastic Phil – “Phillage”

In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, there are 32 6 foot tall fiberglass groundhogs scattered throughout the town. These statues are known as Phantastic Phils. The first Phantastic Phil was named “Phillage” and first appeared on Groundhog Day, 2004. It was sponsored by The Groundhog Cluband painted by local artist Kelly Porada. I took this photo of the statue on a recent trip to Punxsutawney.[]

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