Wayne & College Street
WAYNESBURG, PA 15370
Rain Day Festival
Rain Day is a family festival always held on July 29, events consists of live entertainment all day long on two stages, with lots of arts and crafts booths, hometown food booths, children’s games and more! Best of all admission is free! Don’t forget to stop in the children’s activity zone where there is so much fun to be had! It is a celebration of rain! July 29, 1874
Caleb Ely a local farmer remarked to Waynesburg pharmacist William Allison that it always seems to rain on his birthday, July 29th. This comment inspired Mr. Allison to keep an annual record of the rainfall on that day, and to date, it has rained 116 out of 148 years.
Each year we kick off the event with the judging of the umbrella decorating contest participants, other contests consist of the Baby Rain Day, Diaper derby, Little Miss Rain Drop with 3 age categories, coloring contest and a window decorating contest for our downtown merchants. All contest must be pre-registered! Our mascot “Wayne Drop” attends many festivals through out the year and is walking the beat on July 29th at the festival, look for the big blue Rain Drop, you will be sure to smile!
A moment of silence is held in memory of our Rain Day Boys, The Rain Day Boys share true accounts of the soldiers of Company K, 110th Infantry, 28th Division. These 18 soldiers headed for battle in France WWI-1918. Of the 18 soldiers 17 of them lost their lives on Rain Day July 29th, 1918. James Farrell died while preparing for the July 29th battle at headquarters when it was bombed on July 28th, 1918.