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Pat Shingleton: You Can Bet Your Hat

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Posted: Aug 3, 2014 4:43 PM by Pat Shingleton
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In the Daly & Spraggs Drug Store in Waynesburg, PA, a customer told owner Byron Daly that it would rain on July 29th. Questioning how he knew, the customer responded that it always rained on his birthday - July 29th. Daly began wagering customers, not for cash but a hat. For 136 years, it rained in Waynesburg 112 times on the exact date. Byron passed the tradition to his son John who advanced it to "The festival of Hat-Wagering." It continued until 2011. John has won hats from Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Johnny Carson, Arnold Palmer, Jay Leno, and Chubby Checker. Harry Anderson, star of TV's Night Court, was a bettor in 1988; the year it didn't rain, and was sent a hat that appeared on the bookshelves behind his desk for several episodes.

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