For the past 111 of 135 years it has rained in Waynesburg, PA. Do you know why this date gets recorded and celebrated with a Rain Festival? Bryon Daly of the Daly and Spraggs Drug Store met a farmer one day who told him that every year on his birthday it rained. So Mr. Daly bet a new hat every year with a salesman that it would rain on July 29th.
Mr. Daly's son, John, kept up the tradition of betting a hat every year on Rain Day. The celebration gained national notoriety winning hats from celebrities such as Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Cassius Clay, Arnold Palmer, Jay Leno and Troy Aikman. Meteorologist Willard Scott rounds out the crew of famous people betting on the small town rain.
So settle in and bet a hat with your neighbor that it rains this July 29th! Here are some quotes about rain to get you in the mood.
1. "A rose must remain with the sun and the rain or its lovely promise won't come true." ~Ray Evans
2. "Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams." ~Ashley Smith
3. "And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow." ~Gilbert K. Chesterton
4. "Don't threaten me with love, baby. Let's just go walking in the rain." ~Billie Holiday
5. "Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots." ~Frank Howard Clark
6. "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone. I can see all obstacles in my way." ~Johnny Nash
7. "I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain; What a wonderful feeling, I'm happy again." ~Arthur Freed
8. "If the rain spoils our picnic, but saves a farmer's crop, who are we to say it shouldn't rain?" ~Tom Barrett
9. "It will never rain roses: when we want to have more roses we must plant more trees." ~George Eilot
10. "Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby." ~Langston Hughes
11. "Let us keep the dance of rain our fathers kept and tread our dreams beneath the jungle sky." ~Arna Bontemps
12. "Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life." ~John Updike
Good Luck this year Waynesburg! What a unique and exciting legendary story. Here's hoping these quotes about rain don't keep the rain from falling this year.
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