"Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear ye!" one of the men in top hats proclaimed, because if you're going to use an olde tyme phrase such as "hear ye," you might as well say it thrice.
It's Groundhog Day In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and such airs and graces are expected.
"Punxsutawney Phil, the seer of seers, the prognosticator of all prognosticators, was awakened from his burrow to the cheers of his thousands of faithful followers," the man continued.