Races Friday night , Parade Saturday – Historic Downtown Mocksville will race into the Christmas season this Friday night, November 18th as 20 intrepid teams from local businesses, non-profits and WXII-12 News take part in the 5th annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Races.
The festivities will begin with the lighting of the Oaks and downtown businesses at dusk followed by the bed races at 6 pm.
New this Year – Short Course for Teams Aged 60+
Participants for the short course race for teams aged 60+ are still needed! The winning team will receive a $100 prize! Contact Tami Langdon at (336) 909-2263.
$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.
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 to Gaither: 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. Please note: This evening is also a home, first-round play-off game for the Davie High football team. Those attending the game are asked to be extra cautious and should plan to bypass the downtown area on their way to the game. Plenty of bleacher-seating will be available. O’Callahans, Restaurant 101, The Factory Coffeehouse, and Scoops will be open for hungry spectators, and food vendors will offer snacks and drinks.
Saturday – Hometown Christmas Parade ~ “All Fired Up for Christmas”
The holidays would not be complete without the annual Hometown Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Davie County Chamber of Commerce. This year’s theme is “All Fired Up for Christmas” and will feature everything from walking groups, performers, horseback riders, single vehicles to full-blown floats. The parade will depart from Rich Park at 2 pm 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 for 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!
Downtown merchants will be hosting their annual holiday open house from 10 am – 7 pm with refreshments and store specials. They would love to help you find the perfect gift for that special someone.
Stop by and visit the brand new Buckle Bunnies Boutique, located next to Counter Point Music, which offers clothing and accessories.
The Dewey’s Bakery holiday store is now open in the corner shop next to Restaurant 101. Stop by and buy a little something sweet to eat during the parade and support the Davie High Band, which receives 35 % of the proceeds.
Don’t forget to pick up this year’s commemorative Christmas ornament, a pewter fire truck, “Up On the Rooftop.” These beautiful fire truck-shaped ornaments, which salute the services and sacrifices of our fire departments, may be purchased for $8 from 11-4 pm outside Restaurant 101, along with Tree of Honor forms and flags. The ornaments may also be purchased at the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, BB&T and Bank of the Ozarks. Ornaments from past years are available for sale at Town Hall for $9.
Davie County Community Band to Perform
Join the Davie County Community Band in front of Scarlett’s Unique Boutique. They will have drinks for sale before the parade and will start their concert when Santa Claus comes by!
For more information about the “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race, contact the Mocksville Tourism Development Authority at (336) 753-6700. For more information about the “All Fired Up for Christmas” Hometown Christmas Parade, contact the Davie County Chamber of Commerce at (336) 751-3304.