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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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“Wayne Drop,” the official mascot of the Rain Day Festival, is preparing for the 2022 event, which will be held in College and Fountain Parks in Waynesburg. (Photo courtesy of the Special Events Commission)

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“Wayne Drop,” the official mascot of the Rain Day Festival, is preparing for the 2022 event, which will be held in Monument Park and College Park/Fountain Park in Waynesburg. (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.

It seems like just a few days ago we could hear the sounds of the Spring Peepers and the frogs announcing the arrival of the spring season.