June 01, 1992 12:00 PM

July 29, Waynesburg, Pa.

Only 20 times since 1876—the year informal record-keeping began—has Waynesburg (50 miles south of Pittsburgh) failed to see rain on July 29. Each year since 1927 a local or larger dignitary has bet his or her hat on zip precip, usually losing. (In parched 1981 the fire department in desperation sprayed hoses heavenward.) Fun includes free ice-cream sundaes served in a 116-foot foil-lined rain gutter set up on Main Street.

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