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Summer begins with Quahog Day on Cape Cod

June 20, 2010

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SANDWICH, Mass.—Winter has its Groundhog Day, so why not a Quahog Day in summer?

For the second year in a row, Cape Cod will stage a salute to the quahog on Monday, the first day of summer. The quahog -- which is alternately pronounced in several ways including KWOH'-hog and KOH'-hog -- is an edible, hard-shelled mollusk found along the eastern U.S. coast.

The ceremony in Sandwich will include an appearance from a quahog, named Doug, who in the spirit of Punxsutawney Phil will predict how many weeks of beach weather there will be this summer.

A quahog eating contest is slated for later in the week.

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