Historic downtown Mocksville will race into the holiday season on Friday evening, November 19, when insane, quirky, and outrageous teams from local businesses and nonprofits compete in the annual Twas the Night Before Bed Race.
The festivities begin with the downtown shops lighting up at dusk, followed by the parade of beds at 6:00 p.m. and the first race at 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by the Mocksville Tourism Authority, the annual Bed Race has grown to be one of the most popular events in Mocksville, with dozens of teams competing for fan cheers and $ 600 in cash prizes.
Prizes for speed and creativity are at stake. The fastest team will receive $ 200, the runner-up will receive $ 125, and the third place will receive $ 75. There’s a price of $ 100 for the most original bed and $ 50 for the team in the best mood. The total package price of $ 50 goes to the team with the best total package.
The goal of bed separation is to get from point A to point B in the shortest possible time – but these recumbent cyclists need to follow a few basic rules. Each team consists of four pushers and a driver, all at least 15 years old, and the driver must sit or lie flat on the bed during the race.
Beds must have four wheels that stay in contact with the road at all times, and the only allowable source of propulsion is the four sliders.
Oh, and you won’t see King Louis beds on the 485-foot-long Main Street that leads from Depot Street to Gaither Street: beds must be six by six feet, but no larger than two .80 x 2.50 m including any handles the pushers could use.
North and South Main Streets will be closed through downtown at 5:00 p.m. Parking is not permitted on the North Main. If you park on South Main, you will not be able to move your car between 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM due to barricades at Junction 64/601 (near Presbyterian Church).
The intersection of Horn Street and East Depot will close after 5:00 p.m. West Depot & 117 S. Clement Street will close at 5:00 p.m. People are encouraged to park in the City Hall parking lot.
Gaither Street and the intersection with North Main Street will be closed from 5:00 p.m.
The Boy Scout Troop 732 will sell hot dogs and hamburgers next to the restaurants and food trucks on the corner of 4 Oaks Tavern.
Viewers are asked to bring their own chairs and practice COVID safety guidelines. No spectators are allowed on the street during the races.
If you have any questions, call Mocksville City Hall at 336.753.6705. Visit “Twas the Night Before” Bed Race Facebook for updates.