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Rain Rock hung to keep bad weather away from San Antonio during NIOSA

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The official hanging of the Rain Rock took place Monday morning on the porch of the NIOSA headquarters at the corner of Presa and Nueva streets. (Courtesy Photo)

SAN ANTONIO - A decades-old tradition to help ward off bad weather took place Monday morning.

The official hanging of the Rain Rock took place on the porch of the NIOSA headquarters at the corner of Presa and Nueva streets.

NIOSA Chairman Margie Arnold, along with the four NIOSA vice chairmen, NIOSA Treasurer and the NIOSA Stagers, took part in the celebration, complete with confetti and festive music.

The NIOSA Rain Rock tradition dates back to the late 1970s when then NIOSA chairman Joanna Parrish was worried about some impending bad weather that could spoil the NIOSA festivities. NIOSA volunteer Sue Armitage told Parrish of a Texas good luck tradition of hanging a rock with a hole in it to ward off bad weather. Parrish took that advice and no rain hit NIOSA that year.

So was born a new tradition.


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