The stage was set – the lines had been sprayed for 3,000 of Juliette the cow's “plots” and the tables and canopies were in place, awaiting the crowds.
For days, workers had tended to every detail of this, the 24th annual Dedham Day celebration.
Originally scheduled for Sunday September 30, with a rain date of October 7th, this was the town's third attempt at Dedham Parks and Recreation's biggest event of the year.
Thousands of people around town pass through the fair each year and the money raised from this event is very important to fund recreation programs for the community.
With that in mind, the “powers that be” try their hardest to schedule and hold Dedham Day, when the weather is most accommodating and the most people are able to attend.
By mid-week, the folks at the National Weather Service (along with our local weather people) had this past Sunday listed as “partly cloudy with a slight chance of a morning shower.”
Sparing you the behind the scenes anxiety, frustration, and disbelief, Mother Nature failed to listen to the weather report and by mid-morning, the chance of a shower had turned in to a “steady rain.”
So our Dedham Day was postponed once again, this time to be re-scheduled for Sunday, October 28.
We left the John Barnes Memorial Field with Ju Ju Mucciaccio standing an inch deep in mud and Asst. Parks and Recreation Director Debbie Anderson scrambling on the phone, speaking to workers, exhibitors, vendors, volunteers and everyone else involved…
“This better happen soon, or we`re gonna be doing it in the snow…” said Ju Ju - as we opened our umbrellas.