Archives for November 2017

Delighting the Crowds at the Mocksville Bed Races

“Twas the Night Before Bed Race” and all through the town,
were a series of teams wishing the flag would go down;
More rapid than eagles the race beds they came,
And the crowds whistled, and shouted, and called them by name:
Now Manna Movers! Now Snoozers! Now WXII!
On Magic Elves! On Skills USA! On Flash CW! On Premier Reindeer!

The town of Mocksville raced into the Christmas season on November 17th with the 6th Annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race as 18 race teams made the mad dash down Main Street.

2017 Mocksville Bed Races
2017 Mocksville Bed Races!
Thank you to Ed Simmons for the awesome photos!

Mocksville Mayor Will Marklin kicked off the night mentioning the construction of the park and new facilities in town. The Race saw another good turnout this year with the streets full of families, fun and holiday spirit. Volunteers passed out noisemakers and t-shirts and between races the DJ had folks dancing in the streets. All the racing and dancing made people hungry enough that both food trucks in attendance, Michael Burton’s Smoke Wagon and the Davie High Band Boosters, completely sold out of food.

The event was covered by two news stations, WXII 12 and affiliate CW 20, whose racing teams faced off in the first race of the night. Both stations, hopeful to win it all, stacked their racing teams with track stars from the Davie War Eagles cross country track team. However, this year’s competition was stiff and the secret to winning may have been to have “missile” in the team name.

$600 in Cash Prizes at Stake!
The fastest team, Cathy Riddle Missile,  took home a cool $200 in cash, while the runner-up, Krazy Legs Missile, collected $125. Skills USA, the third-place finisher, rolled away with $75. Yesterday’s Kids, the only senior team to enter this year’s race, handily won the $100 prize for the fastest senior team. Krazy Legs Missile, the 2nd place team also won the $50 prize for being the Most Outrageous.  A Total Package prize of $50 went to the Surf USA team for having the best overall appearance and combination of bed decoration, message, and costumes.

Special Thanks
Tami Langdon, Mocksville’s community development coordinator,  is grateful to everyone who pitched in to make the event a great success. “Kudos and thanks to Event Organizer Denise Hendrix and her daughter Jordan who manages the Facebook page, Mike West and the Davie Public Works for lights, equipment, and course setup, volunteers from the Davie County Early College, Trailers of the East Coast for the event trailer (and for bringing 2 teamsagain this year), and the Mocksville Police Department.

Complete Race Results

First Place: CATHY RIDDLE MISSILE ( $200)
Matt Davidson
Chris Branford
Jonathan Creason
Jamie Spry
Eric Davidson

Second Place: KRAZY LEGS MISSILE( $125
Also voted Most Outrageous ($50)
Karl Schwartz
Chris Cole
Thomas Reynolds
Jake Kitchene
John Herzog

Third Place: DAVIE HIGH SCHOOL SKILLS USA
Ben Summers
Garrett Chandler
Cody Taylor
Jack Reynolds
Cooper Wall

Senior Award: ( $100) YESTERDAY’S KIDS ( Davie County Senior Games)
Judy Phillips
Dave Sammons
Greg Hill
Mike Barnett
Peggy Evans

Total Package ($50): SURF USA
Tyler Zickmund
Mikhail Harris
Salem Cartner
Ben Marklin
Mandy Owen

2017 Mocksville Bed Race Team Listing

CAMP MANNA MOVERS
Josh Goodman
Andrew Daywalt
Max Wooten
Jason McCray
Cassidy Kluttz

CPP MAGIC ELVES (CPP GLOBAL)
Tim Stafford
Russ Sanford
Natasha Chambers
Cameron Scales
Nathan Erwin

FLASH CW (CW 20)
Briana Conner
Clay Summers
Parker Prysiazniuk
Paige Riordan
Emerson Frantz

FRAGILE ( IT’S FRENCH)
Jay Kimura
Scott Berry
TJ Hupp
Jacob Johnson
Tyrone Neely
Eric Dearth

HOUSE OF RAEFORD
Erica White
Carlos Salgado
Kenny McHon]
Milton Cain Jr
Elijah MacLean
Nyesha Hosch – alternate

INGERSOLL RAND
Charlie Clarke
Derrick Faulkner
Erica Roe
James Wilkerson
Scott Coe

LIGHTNING LANIE (WXII 12)
Lanie Pope
Trey Raisbeck
Braxton Folmar
Emily Pender
Jill Staley

MOCKSVILLE MASONIC LODGE
Brian Myers
Jake Reavis
Jamie White
Darby Correll
Carlton Terry

PREMIER REINDEER ( PREMIER REALTY)
Sierra Foster
Emery Rosenbaum
Justin Boardwine
Malik Polk
Morgan Flores
Katie Walton
*Marjorie Foster ( Captain)

SKILLS USA ( Davie High School)
Ben Summers
Garrett Chandler
Cody Taylor
Jack Reynolds
Cooper Wall

SNOOZERS ( RESCUE HOUSE CHURCH)
Gerardo Mancilla
Chandler Woodruff
Gavin Freeman
Sammy Rosenquist
Monty Landreth
Kamron Lantz
Landon Miller

THE STORM (DCCC Surgical Technology Program)
Brianna DeRouin
Colby Seaford
Dylan Andrade
Amber Hodges
Jessica Slater

SUPER MARIO KART (TRAILERS OF THE EAST COAST)  
Princess Peach aka Bethany Bumgarner
Mario aka Jerry Smith
Wario aka Brandon Butner
Luigi aka Andrew Sanders
Waluigi aka Daniel Gough
Hugo Murillo (Captain)

TEAM USA (TRAILERS OF THE EAST COAST)
Jordan Miller Hendrix
J.C. Williard
Tatum Williams
Sam Williams
Jeff Forman
Marsha Smith (Captain)

Hometown Christmas Parade
The “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race, which kicked off the holiday spirit, was followed by the annual Hometown Christmas Parade. The “It’s a 50’s Christmas” themed parade featured everything from walking groups, performers, horseback riders, single vehicles to full-blown floats, candy for the kids, and of course, Santa Claus.

Congratulations to this year’s Hometown Christmas Parade winners:
1st Place:  Girl Scout Troops 2580 & 2417
2nd Place: Davie Co. Public Library – FOL
3rd Place:  Spotlight Dance Company
Honorable Mention:  Total Real Estate LLC

The Davie County Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a big thank you to all of those who participated in this year’s Hometown Christmas Parade and to all the volunteers who helped make this a safe and enjoyable event for Davie County. Special thank yous to our judges who helped decide the best entries in the parade and to our Grand Marshal, The Fire Departments of Davie County, led by the Mocksville Fire Department, who also escorted Santa down Main Street.

We wish everyone a happy and healthy 2017 Christmas Season – We’ll see you at the bed races in 2018!

This Weekend – Friday Night Bed Races, Christmas Parade and Winterfest Coming to Mocksville!

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.

Enjoy 2016 Mocksville Bed Race Pictures!
Mocksville Bed Races -2016 ‘Twas The Night Before Bed Race!

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.

Styled Gatherings
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.

Questions?
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.