Photo credit: Ed Simmons

There’s no time to sleep … register your team now for the “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race! The bed race will be held Friday night, November 19th at 6 p.m. (rain date November 20th).

Join the wacky, whimsical, and outrageous teams racing bed sleds down Main Street in a competitive yet FUN event! Industry, corporations, churches, nonprofits, and individuals are invited to participate.

Presented by the Mocksville Tourism Authority, the annual “Twas The Night Before 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.

Photo credit: Ed Simmons

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 circling the quads: 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 5:30 p.m. for pre-race inspection.)

Photo credit: Ed Simmons

$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. There is a $100 prize for the most original bed and $50 for the team with the best team spirit. 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.

Photo credit: Ed Simmons

Register Today! Limited Spots Available!

The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 16th. Only a limited number of teams will be accepted for this year’s race, so register today! Your spot will not be reserved until your application has been turned in. Download the 2021 Bed Race Registration Form and rules here. Bed race packets are also available at Town Hall or Twas the Night Before Bed Race Facebook.

Sign up your team by emailing your registration form to Town Hall at or by mailing your registration form to Mocksville Town Hall at 171 S. Clement St., Mocksville. For any questions, call Mocksville Town Hall at 336.753.6705.

Due to the uncertain times of COVID, the $30 entrance fee will be collected during the Team Captains’ meeting on Tuesday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m.

Visit the Twas the Night Before Bed Race Facebook Page for updates.

Get your team together and begin planning now to compete in the hilarious, fun event!

2018 Bed Race Photos by Ed Simmons