Just enough rain falls in Waynesburg

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by Tara Kinsell
Staff Writer
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Physical comedian Howard Mincon gets in some juggling practice with Braxton McCollum of Waynesburg during the Rain Day festivities. Order a Print

WAYNESBURG – It only takes a drop in the borough of Waynesburg to make it official and at 3:42 p.m., Mayor Duncan Berryman got a little more than that. Berryman, who had gone home for a few moments during the afternoon, said he felt the drops and rushed back into the downtown area to confirm what he felt.

“I’m thrilled because I felt the rain myself. I was concerned because I only felt a few drops and I wanted to come down and tell everybody. A few others said they felt it, too,” Berryman said. “I’m very confident that it did fall.”

Berryman said he will be happy to make the call to Waynesburg native and Olympic medalist Coleman Scott, letting him know it did indeed rain on the 139th Rain Day celebration.

Despite falling on a weekday this year, the streets were busy throughout the day and got even busier as Greene County and Carmichaels’ native Brynn Marie took the stage to headline the event.

Among those waiting in anticipation of her arrival was a family of five from Connecticut. They weren’t from Greene County and had no connections to it other than Brynn’s music which they heard for the first time at a Pat Benatar concert last fall. They said they “fell in love with her and her music,” and Rain Day would make the third time they have seen her perform.

Heading back out on tour to Aspen, Colo., in five days with Benatar, she paid tribute to the ’80s icon singing the duet they perform in concert, “We Belong.” It was the song her Connecticut contingency was hoping to hear.

Like the pied piper, Brynn drew dozens of young girls with stars in their eyes to the edge of the stage for her 90-minute performance. Among the tunes she sang was a tribute to the Rain Day event in the form of the classic, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” With guitarist Josh Roberts, she harmonized and worked the crowd, even performing music by Adele.

It was Brynn’s yet-to-be released, “Woman Like That,” that stood out the most as one with hit potential. In the vein of songs like Carrie Underwood’s, “Before He Cheats,” the lyrics have an anthem-like feel as she sings, “most men would die for a woman like that.”

It was another Carmichaels’ girl who also claimed the spotlight for the day, 16-year-old Stephanie Mitchell, who was crowned Miss Rain Day Sunday evening. Mitchell also holds the current Miss Riverfest title.

Mitchell said she was “overwhelmed” when she learned she had claimed top interview, top sportswear and top evening gown. She was also the winner of the Kelly Smotzer Award.

“I am just so honored and excited to have won. I’ve been coming to Rain Day ever since I was in grade school and I always hoped to one day be Miss Rain Day,” Mitchell said. “It is even more fantastic that it rained on Rain Day this year.”

Among the winners of the other Rain Day competitions were the Rain Day Window Decorating Contest champions, Waynesburg Gold and Coin Electronics, first place; McCracken Pharmacy, second place; and Our Glass Creations, third place.

The 2013 Baby Rain Day Prince and Princess are Parker Bland, son of Todd Bland and Tiffany Stansberry of Waynesburg, and Arianna Rose Rutan, daughter of Logan and Melissa Rutan of Waynesburg.

The 2013 Baby Rain Day King and Queen are Corbin Rice, son of Stanley Rice III and Jennifer Rice of Holbrook, and Addison Teagarden, daughter of Christopher and Coletta Teagarden of Clarksville.

The Jack McCracken Award for 2013 went to Cathie Carpenter of Waynesburg. The award is given to someone who shares the traits McCracken was known for as a humanitarian, civic leader, role model and one who served God, family and community with integrity and an open heart.