Whacky and fun: Annual bed race this Friday

Published 9:27 am Thursday, November 18, 2021

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Historic Downtown Mocksville will race into the Christmas season Friday night, Nov. 19 as whacky, whimsical, and outrageous teams from local businesses and non-profits take part in the annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race.
The festivities will begin with the lighting of the downtown businesses at dusk followed by the Parade of Beds at 6 p.m. and the first race at 6:30.
Presented by the Mocksville Tourism Authority, the annual bed race has become one of Mocksville’s most popular events with dozens of teams competing for the cheers of the fans and $600 in cash prizes.
At stake are prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team will take home $200, while the runner-up will collect $125 and the third-place finisher will roll away with $75. There is a $100 prize for the most original bed and $50 for the team with the best spirit. The Total Package prize of $50 will go to the team with the best overall package.
The goal of the bed race is to go from point A to point B in the shortest time possible—but these recumbent racers do have to follow a few basic rules. Each team consists of four pushers and one rider, all at least 15-years-old, and the rider must sit or lie flat on the bed during the race.
Beds must have four wheels that stay in contact with the road at all times, and the only source of propulsion allowed is the four pushers.
Oh, and you won’t be seeing any King Louis beds careening down the 485-foot stretch of Main Street that runs from Depot Street to Gaither Street: beds must measure least 3 x 6 feet but can be no larger than 6 x 8 feet including any handles the pushers might use.
North and South Main Street will be closed through downtown at 5 p.m. No parking will be allowed on North Main. If parked on South Main, you will not be able to move your car between 5-8:30 p.m. due to barricades at the 64/601 crossing (near Presbyterian Church).
Horn Street and East Depot intersection will be closed after 5 p.m. West Depot & 117 S. Clement St. will be closed at 5 p.m. Folks are encouraged to park at town hall parking lot.
Gaither Street and and the intersection with North Main Street will be closed after 5 p.m.
Boy Scout Troop 732 will be selling hotdogs and hamburgers on the corner next to 4 Oaks Tavern, in addition to the restaurants and food trucks.
Spectators are asked to bring their own chairs and practice COVID safe guidelines. No spectators will be allowed in the street during the races.
For any questions, call Mocksville Town Hall at 336.753.6705. Visit “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race Facebook for updates.