Bed Races and Pajama Sale draw big crowds

PORT BAR The city was inundated with shoppers and spectators during the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s 26th annual pajama sale and bed races on November 13th.

People in their pajamas were wandering the streets of Cottage and Main as early as 6 a.m. looking for and shopping for discounted early Christmas gifts in local shops.

With the help of the buyers, Conners Emerson’s eighth graders sold all of their baked goods to raise funds for their white water rafting class trip.

Shoppers paused to hear WDEA’s Chris Popper announce the winners of the MDI backpack program raffle and broadcast the bed races that started at 10am

Decorated beds with wheels were driven by five teams, with each of four team members dragging a fifth onto the bed. The races began in front of The Criterion, went to the end of Cottage Street, turned around, and raced back to the starting line.

This year’s competition included a “challenge zone” where teams had to stop their beds completely so that team members could switch sides and keep running. The teams had to complete the “challenge zone” once up and once back. If the teams did not stop completely or did not switch sides, a one-second penalty was imposed for each violation.

Attendees included Acadia Indoor Golf, Bed Hogs, 2 Cats, Bar Harbor Congregational Church, and Bar Harbor Inn. The competition consisted of three rounds, with the top three teams – Acadia Indoor Golf, Bar Harbor Congregational Church, and Bar Harbor Inn – progressing after the first round.

After the second round, Acadia Indoor Golf and Bar Harbor Inn progressed, and Acadia Indoor Golf emerged victorious from the final round.

The Bar Harbor Inn received the Best Decorated Award for its Disney “Up”-inspired costumes and decorated bed.

Local sponsors of the event included Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, First National Bank, Machias Savings Bank, Acadia Shops, and Cape Air.

Ninah Gile |

Ninah Gile, a native of MDI, covers the city of Bar Harbor. She is happy to be back in Maine after completing her bachelor’s degree in San Diego from the University of California.

Ninah Gile |

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