White Squirrel Day 2024

Mary C. Jenkins Community Center

(221 Mills Ave, Brevard, NC 28712)

Friday, February 2, 2023

Festivities start at 10am – 12pm

10th Annual White Squirrel Day

This year is the 10th Annual White Squirrel Day. For those new to the event White Squirrel Day is the way we celebrate Groundhog Day in Brevard, North Carolina. The event will be held at the Mary C. Jenkins Community Center located minutes away from downtown.

The public is invited to attend and meet Brevard’s official white squirrel ambassador, Pisgah Penny, in person as she officiates over the festivities.

Pisgah Penny

In keeping with Brevard tradition, Pisgah Penny will take on her weather-prognosticating counterpart, Punxsutawney Phil, and will not only predict whether there will be six more weeks of winter, but she will also predict the winner of the upcoming Super Bowl football game. She assumed her prognosticating duties from her uncle, Pisgah Pete, who served as chief prognosticator for the event for several years.

Pisgah Pete enjoyed his retirement and the quiet time after so many years of public service. It is with great regret that we announce Pisgah Pete passed away peacefully in sleep with his beloved caretaker Sheri Blythe at his side. RIP Pisgah Pete you will be missed.


Festivites Schedule

  • Brevard Mayor Maureen Copelof will be on-hand to officially proclaim the day “White Squirrel Day.”
  • WSQL radio personality
  • Don DeBiase, will assume the role of Master of Ceremonies, as he has each year since the event’s inception.
  • Brevard’s “White Squirrel” radio station WSQL will broadcast the event live (102.1 FM, 1240 AM).
  • The White Squirrel Day ceremony will  be live-streamed (on WSQL Radio’s Facebook page), affording fans around the world the chance to watch Pisgah Penny make her predictions of winter weather and the winner of the Super Bowl. Super Bowl LVIII is scheduled to be played on Sunday,February 11, 2024 at Allegiant Stadium, in Las Vegas Nevada.
  • Special white squirrel cake and beverages will be available
  • White squirrel adoptions will be available at the event
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Pisgah Penny

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Pisgah Penny and Caregiver Sheri, take a moment to enjoy the sun.

White Squirrel Day is so important.

This annual event is a fundraiser for The White Squirrel Institute. We are a local non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to local licensed wildlife rehabilitators who rescue and save local wildlife (including squirrels, birds, possums, and more). Monies are raised on-site through personal donations and an “Adopt a White Squirrel” program. We offer two adoptions; For the Walnut adoption for $25, participants receive a white squirrel adoption certificate, the ability to name their rescued squirrel, and a picture of their squirrel. For the Acorn adoption in addition to the certificate, and picture the adoptors receive a tee shirt and a cute stuffed white squirrel toy and the satisfaction of helping local wildlife. Donations and adoptions can also be made throughout the year online at the White Squirrel Institute website and in-person at the Transylvania County Tourism and Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center in downtown Brevard. Under the guidance of Director Katy Rosenberg, The White Squirrel Institute has seen a significant increase in the number white squirrel adoptions since fund-raising efforts began in 2018.

Don Debias, Master of Ceremonies for the event and Ea Dossey from White Squirrel Radio has been involved with the White Squirrel Event from it’s inception 10 years ago. A big thank you for all their support. Don’t forget to watch WSQL’s livestream of the 10th Annual White Squirrel Day event on their Facebook page.

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