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Worst Weather for a Wedding

The kick off for publicizing the 2008 Farmers’ Almanac started on August 27th but the publicity runs throughout the year. Last evening I had the pleasure of being on our local NBC affiliate WCSH – Channel 6. They have a well produced local news program called 207 (area code for all of Maine). I have always wanted to be a guest and it finally happened.

I was on with hosts Rob Caldwell and Kathleen Shannon and Scott Gleeson who is featured, with wife Tamara, in our Worst Wedding Weather Contest (pages 34 – 35). The background is that I had never, even attended a wedding with bad weather. The sun shines where I go (I like to think so). Even attended a wedding where I predicted sunshine. It rained the day before and that morning. I drove to the event and the skies cleared and not a single cloud until after the outdoor reception ended. So, when my friends asked about a certain day, I gave it two thumbs up.

This was May 22, 2004. Well it was 75 degrees on may 21st and sunny at 9am on the 22nd and then the skies opened and it rained, and rained and rained some more. The blue from the bridesmaids shoes ran and stained their feet, brides dress was muddy, it rained so hard the couple could barely hearthe minister who was standing 2 feet away. The final blow was when a sprinkler hose went off inside the tent. Everything was wet.

This event resulted in our Worst Wedding Weather Contest. So, we showed some of the footage hear the Scott’s commentary. He admits that it was truly a day to remember as will all the guests. We may get some of this footage on the site but it is a reminder that if you or a friend experienced Mother Nature at her ugliest during a wedding, go to our website www.farmersalmanac.com and tell us the story or read about other aspects of the contest.

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