Makes our Annual Rain Day Festival?
It's the Special Events Commission, which was formed in 1979 as an offshoot of Waynesburg Borough. The Commission is composed of nine members.
In the early days the celebration was varied; one year the main street might be closed with a carnival setup through the center of town, complete with a ferris wheel, carousel, games and food. The next year there might not be more than a mention of Rain Day in the local newspapers. The Special Events Commission was to bring continuity to the event and has brought both national and international fame to Waynesburg. In 1979, an annual street festival that continues to this day was born.
In 1983, Willard Scott the weatherman
on NBC's Today Show was the bettor who gave Rain Day the most notoriety.
Willard, being a weatherman, the phenomenon of Rain Day was of special
interest to him. Mr. Scott not only mentioned Waynesburg on Rain Day,
but talked about it the day before and the day after. Although it didn't
rain for Willard's year, he sent us a beautiful Stetson cowboy hat.
In 1992, the commission bet the town of Niceville, Florida. A resident there was a former Waynesburgian, who thought that Niceville and Waynesburg were perfect opposites. Of course, Waynesburg won a hat from the Florida town.