Rain, Rain Stay Away, We Only Need One Sunny Day for Spring Fling

By Marc Summy –

Spring Fling is synonymous with rain, wind, thunder and lightening.




“Formerly known as Spring Drizzle,” director Doug Eby wants to clarify that it has regained its proper name of Spring Fling.

With so many school clubs holding court this year, offering fun games, delicious food and homemade music, the organizers are hoping, praying and dreaming of a sunny, dry day.  That would be a rare event in the history of the past 10 Spring Flings.

“Deals have been made with Mother Nature to ensure that it won’t rain,” Eby said with a laugh.

Junior Alex Kirk, Eby’s left-hand man, says, “We have checked the Farmer’s Almanac and it looks promising.”

Not so fast.

Sumo wrestlers battled it out at Spring Fling 2010. Photo by Sarah Garner

The Farmer’s Almanac actually predicts for the dates of May 12-15, “fair skies at first for the East then unsettled with showers.”

This year’s Spring Fling is scheduled for May, 13, yes, Friday, the 13.

Penn Manor is holding their annual Spring Fling festival at Comet Field. Admissions is free and it will go from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

In the past five years rain had been the only one regularly attending this event. There hasn’t been a sunny day for the carnival since 2005. The director, Penn Manor principal Mr. Eby, encourages the public to come out no matter what, for dinner, if nothing else.

On the list is Bricker’s French Fries, Dip’ n Dots, Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream and school tents that will be selling pizza, chicken wings and homemade ice cream.

The football team will also be selling chicken BBQ from 10 am until whenever they run out.

In addition, entertainment will be provided. Among the entertainment that will bring people in are the carnival rides, a 68-foot inflatable obstacle course, sumo wrestling, moon bounce, Battle of the Bands, and fireworks.

The fireworks will start sometime between 9:15-9:30.

The agriculture club will be hosting “olympics” which will consist of a bail toss throw, tire flipping and more.

The Young Humanitarians will also have a booth set up for arm wrestling, so grab a friend and get bragging rights for a year.

Speaking of grabbing a friend, there is rumor that there may be a kissing booth.  Eby won’t confirm or deny it.  He suggests the curious come to Spring Fling to find out.

As of right now, weatherchannel.com’s 10-day forecast states a high of seventy degrees with a sixty percent chance of precipitation.

Make sure you come out and enjoy this event filled night, you don’t want to miss it.



3 thoughts on “Rain, Rain Stay Away, We Only Need One Sunny Day for Spring Fling”

  1. maybe the Friday the 13th aspect will bring a little reverse in the luck..

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