Historic Downtown Mocksville will race into the Christmas season this Friday night, November 19th as twelve wacky, whimsical, and outrageous teams from local businesses and non-profits take part in the annual “Twas the Night Before” Bed Races. (Rain date November 20th.)
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 p.m.
$600 in Cash Prizes at Stake!
Presented by the Mocksville Tourism Authority, the annual “Twas The Night Before Bed Race” has become one of Mocksville’s most popular events with 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 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.
Who will this year’s winners be? Veteran teams like Avgol’s Bed Wetters, the Camp Manna Movers, Davie Community Foundation’s S.U.R.F Board, Davidson-Davie Community College’s Storm, Karl Swartz’s “Just for Fun,” the Anderson’s Buckeye Bashers, or Davie High’s JROTC? Or newbies like Comfort Bilt’s Jingle Joggers, Gildan, Pallet One, Reeb, or Eric Farr for District Court Judge?
Make plans now to cheer on your favorite team!
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. Each team consists of four pushers and one rider who must sit or lie flat on the bed as it goes careening down Main Street.
Street Closings Begin at 5 p.m.
- Both North and South Main Street will be CLOSED at 5 p.m. No parking will be allowed on North Main. If you are 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 & East Depot intersection will be CLOSED after 5 p.m.
- West Depot & 117 S. Clement Street intersection will be CLOSED at 5 p.m. Folks are encouraged to park at the Town Hall Parking Lot.
- Gaither Street & North Main Street intersection will be CLOSED after 5 p.m.
Arrive Early to Grab Something to Eat and Do a Little Holiday Shopping!
O’Callahans, Restaurant 101, La Vita E Bella, The Factory Coffeehouse, and Scoops will be open for hungry spectators. Boy Scout Troop #732 will be selling hot dogs, hamburgers, hot chocolate, and cider on the corner next to 4 Oaks Tavern and there will also be a food truck offering wings at The Station.
Don’t forget to check out Mocksville’s unique boutiques for that perfect gift!
Spectators are asked to bring their own chairs and practice COVID safe guidelines. Please note that spectators will not be allowed in the street during the races.
For questions, call Mocksville Town Hall at 336.753.6705.