Monday, July 29, 2013

Rain Day ...

Today, July 29th, is known in these parts as "Rain Day." On this date in Waynesburg, PA, people crowd the streets to celebrate the possibility of rain falling from the sky, the residents betting on whether or not the drops will fall. Here's a little history from the Festival's website: 
"Rain Day got its beginning in the Daly & Spraggs Drug Store, located in the center of Waynesburg. Legend has it that one day a farmer was in the drugstore and mentioned to Byron Daly that it would rain the next day, July 29. Mr. Daly asked him how he knew and he replied that it was his birthday and that it always rained on his birthday. He had a journal for several years in which he recorded the weather and always had noted rain on July 29th. Mr. Daly thought this was too sure a thing to let pass, so he started betting salesmen who came into his drugstore that it would rain in Waynesburg on July 29. The bet was usually a new hat, which of course he would win." Rain Day Festival: History
We weren't planning on venturing out to Rain Day this morning. At all. But today is Aunt Rita's birthday, and she's really special, and she wanted to go, and there we were. For the rain, by the way. At approximately 3:42 this afternoon, a few drops of rain fell on the streets of Waynesburg and made Aunt Rita's day.

A few of my favorite pics:
The side view of the Waynesburg theater.
I love the lines of other old buildings etched into the wall. 
Kitschy stuff for sale. 
Oh the joys of sand art. 
She's very serious about her face painting. 
These dresses made of tank tops and bandannas were super cute!!
The Rain Day statue. 
A good old-fashioned Main Street USA festival, and a good time was had by all. Oh, and humongous funnel cakes for $3.00. $3.00 people:)! And, it has rained 114 of the last 139 years, as of July 29, 2013. ~Alice (aka jess)
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