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“Wayne Drop,” the official mascot of the Rain Day Festival, is preparing for the 2021 vent, which will be held in College and Fountain Parks in Waynesburg Borough. This year’s Rain Day Festival promises a whole day of food, games, music and entertainment. (Photo courtesy of the Special Events Commission)

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Row 1: Aubree Henderson, 2021 Miss Rain Day Pageant crown bearer. Row 2: Allison Grace Blair, 2020 Miss Rain Day. Row 3: Sophia Moore and Allie Higgins, 2021 Miss Rain Day contestants. Row 4: Emily Bennett and Isabelle Tedrow, 2021 Miss Rain Day contestants. Row 5: Molly Mylan, Jersey Smith and Ashanti Cole, 2021 Miss Rain Day contestants.

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(EDITOR’S NOTE: Even though this year’s Rain Day Festival is going to be virtual on the festival’s Facebook page due to safety concerns caused by COVID-19, the Messenger was asked to publish some history about the traditional annual street festival.

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Each year, Baby Rain Day contestants are chosen by the public in the following categories: king, queen, prince and princess. Kings and Queens are from ages 19 months and one day to 5 years old. Prince and Princesses are from one day old to 19 months. Winners in each category are determined by the number of votes received from the public. The contestants’ entries will be displayed at the Special Events Commission booth on Rain Day until 3 p.m.

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WAYNESBURG — Greene County residents will once again flock to downtown Waynesburg on July 29 to celebrate the annual tradition of Rain Day. And those who attend this year’s festivities in hopes of finding a little rain will also find a full slate of activities throughout the day.

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WAYNESBURG – The Central Greene School District continues to be a pathway to the Miss Rain Day title as Loren Schroyer, who will be an eighth-grade student this fall at Margaret Bell Miller Middle School, claimed the title Sunday at the annual pageant, held at Waynesburg Central High School’s auditorium.

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WAYNESBURG – From the first hat bet in 1939 with Pittsburgh sportswriter Al Abrams to last year’s bet with with Bob Huggins, men’s head basketball coach at West Virginia University, many athletes, politicians, musicians, actors and local or regional “celebrities” have been lured into betting a hat that it would not rain on July 29 in Waynesburg.

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When Waynesburg mayor, Brian Tanner, heard Ferris Bueller’s Revenge play during the Pittsburgh Penguins’ ’80s Theme Night at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, he liked what he heard so much he suggested to Athena Bowman, Rain Day special events coordinator, that she book the band for Waynesburg’s annual July 29 celebration.

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It’s been several decades since disco was the craze of night club dance floors. But here we are in 2016, and that unmistakable 70s and 80s disco, funk and dance music will be resurrected at Waynesburg’s Rain Day celebration when “Dancing Queen” takes to the upper stage at 7:30 p.m.

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So much has been written about first love. Romance novels, movies, and poetic literature have depictions of one’s first serious romantic relationships. Or the idea that the one you are to be with the most should be at the top of the amorous feelings and consequently called, “first love.” Whi…

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Joe Manchin may be enjoying the limelight as the chief Democratic holdout on the Biden administration’s trillion-dollar-plus Build Back Better legislation. It’s been variously reported that Manchin, the linchpin vote in a 50-50 Senate, loves the attention he’s getting, even as he barks at re…