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Lucy the lobster and Sam the groundhog agree: Six more weeks of winter


MUN. OF BARRINGTON – After much coaxing and cheering from the crowd, Lucy the Lobster has made her Groundhog Day prediction, seeing her shadow and siding with Shubenacadie Sam that there will be six more weeks of winter.

A large crowd was on hand for Lucy’s second Groundhog Day prediction at the Cape Sable Island Causeway in the Lobster Capital of Canada (Municipality of Barrington), kick-starting the 2nd annual South Shore Lobster Crawl festivities.

“Good morning Lucy,” said Donna Hatt, president of the South Shore Tourism Cooperative (SSTC), introducing Lucy to the crowd, calling her, “a luscious 19-inch, and while a lady never tells her weight, is ravishing at just under 8 pounds.” Hatt said Lucy has been been relaxing in the spa at Capt. Kat’s Lobster in the days leading up to her weather predicting debut.

With ice wrapping the shoreline, Lucy seemed a bit reluctant to crawl to her weather predicting perch atop a lobster trap.

“She’s too used to the spa,” said someone in the crowd.

“She’s lazy,” said Hatt, coaxing Lucy along and giving her a helping hand. “What did you guys feed her over there? Lucy, you’re never going back to the spa on the night before Groundhog Day ever again.”

Last year Lucy didn’t see her shadow, which again put her on the same page as Shubenacadie Sam.

The South Shore Lobster Crawl runs from Feb. 1 to 18. Crawlers can begin charting their course at Lobstercrawl.ca, the official website for the event, which features more than 100 lobster and lobster-inspired dishes, rolls, events, tours and getaway packages in six categories. There’s also a great lineup of live music along the shore and for those wanting to be more active in winter, cycling, curling, hiking and even surfing adventures are on tap.

The South Shore Lobster Crawl was initiated last year by the SSTC as a way to boost winter tourism in the region.


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