Races Friday night, Parade Saturday
Historic Downtown Mocksville will race into the Christmas season this Friday night, November 17th as 15 intrepid teams from local businesses, non-profits, WXII-12 News, and CW Channel 20.1 take part in the 6th annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Races.
The festivities will begin with the lighting of the downtown businesses at dusk followed by the Parade of Beds at 6 pm. The bed races will begin at 6:15 as CW takes on WXII. WXII Chief Meteorologist Lanie Pope is determined that her team will place in the top three this year!
$600 in Cash Prizes at Stake!
At stake are prizes for speed and creativity. The fastest team will take home a cool $200 in cash, while the runner-up will collect $125 and the third-place finisher will roll away with $75. The fastest senior team will receive $100 and the Most Outrageous team will pick up $50. The Total Package prize of $50 will go to the team with the best overall package… i.e. best overall appearance and combination of bed decoration, message, and costumes. This year’s race is sponsored by Yadtel.
Exactly How Does a Bed Race Work?
Like any sprint, 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 in order to compete for the bevy of cash prizes. 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. Themed clothing or costumes are strongly encouraged, even pajamas are appropriate.
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′ but can be no larger than 6′ x 8′ including any handles the pushers might use. (Teams need to be lined up no later than 6:00 PM for a pre-race inspection.)
Main Street will be Closed at 5:30
Main Street from Gaither Street to the corner of Main Street/601/64 will close at 5:30 pm in preparation for the race. Plenty of bleacher-seating will be available. O’Callahans, Restaurant 101, The Factory Coffeehouse, and Scoops will be open for hungry spectators. Michael Burton’s Smoke Wagon will be serving barbecue, smoked nachos, smoked chicken wings and corn dogs near Sadie’s Unique Boutique on North Main Street and the Davie High Band Boosters will be selling hot dogs, pizza, and cold and hot drinks near the Mocksville Police Station.
RUSH -Rotary United to Stop Hunger will be collecting canned goods and non-perishables for A Storehouse for Jesus.
Saturday – Hometown Christmas Parade ~ “It’s a 50’s Christmas” Begins at Noon
The holidays would not be complete without the annual Hometown Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. This year’s blast from the past theme is “It’s a 50’s Christmas.” What happened in the 1950s? …”I Love Lucy” premiered on television…The Diner’s Club began issuing the first credit cards…Swanson introduced Frozen TV Dinners…”The Mickey Mouse Club” premiered & the Disneyland theme park in California opened…Ray Kroc started the McDonald’s chain….Elvis Presley had his first hit song, “Heartbreak Hotel”…NASA was created…Wham-O invented the Hula Hoop….Alaska & Hawaii were admitted as the 49th and 50th states to the US…The original series of The Twilight Zone aired as well as Bonanza, The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke & The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin.
The parade will feature everything from walking groups, performers, horseback riders, single vehicles to full-blown floats, candy for the kids, and of course, Santa Claus. The parade will depart from Rich Park at noon Saturday and will travel down Main Street, turn left on Depot Street, and end at Railroad Street where dismantling will begin. Prizes will be awarded to the best parade participants. First place wins $75; second place will receive $50; and third place earns $25.
Find Your Parade Seat Early and do a Little Christmas Shopping on Saturday!
Several downtown merchants will be hosting annual holiday open houses with refreshments and store specials. They would love to help you find the perfect gift for that special someone.
The Market on Main
143 N. Main Street • Open 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Featuring: “Fresh From The Farm” USDA Meats, Vegetables, Eggs, Artisans, Antiques, Jams, Jellies, Baked Goods, Honey, & More!
Splatter Art Studio
110 W. Depot Street • Open House 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Featuring: Hand Painted Holiday Gifts and Art for Purchase. Special Discounted Gift Certificates for Classes. Refreshments and Live Music.
114 W. Depot Street • Open House 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Featuring: New Arrivals, Prize Drawings, Giveaways, and Refreshments.
Sadie’s Unique Boutique
185 N. Main Street • Open House 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Featuring: Shopping Discounts, Holiday Gifts, Giveaways, and Refreshments
Counter Point Music
50 Court Square • Open at 10 a.m.
Join us for Refreshments & Promotional Offers immediately following the parade
Winterfest – Free Family Event Saturday, December 2nd
Downtown Mocksville’s holiday celebrations continue with Winterfest on Saturday, December 2nd from noon- 5 p.m.
This FREE family fun event will include inflatables (Dual Lane Patriot Slide has a 22 foot drop!), free hay rides after 1 p.m., small pony rides, ice painting sculptures, and a progressive story book “The Snowy Day” (a walking story book promoted through the Davie County Library). Children will start at Sadie’s Unique Boutique (185 N. Main St.) and read the pages of the book in each merchant’s windows. After reading all of the pages the children arrive at Junker’s Mill Outdoor Theater parking lot where they will receive a prize bag containing goodies and a coloring book & crayons. A few copies of “The Snowy Day” will also be given away. Junker’s Mill Outdoor Stage is located at 105 S. Salisbury Street.
Horse & Buggy Rides in Downtown Mocksville December 9th
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season in Historic Downtown Mocksville on a relaxing horse and buggy ride on Friday, December 9th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The horse and buggy will leave from West Depot Street (near Styled Gatherings). The cost is $5 per person, children under six are free.
2017 Christmas Ornament Commemorates Old Davie High School
The 2017 Mocksville Town Christmas Ornament is a tribute to the old Davie High School. This beautiful pewter keepsake depicts the Davie County War Eagle as well as the address and years of the school. The ornament is $8 and can be purchased at Bank of the Ozarks, BB&T, and Town Hall. Ornaments from past years are available for sale at Town Hall for $9.
For more information about the “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race, Winterfest, or horse and buggy rides contact the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority at (336) 753-6705. For more information about the “It’s a 50’s Christmas” Hometown Christmas Parade, contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304.