Ashley HomeStore Great Bed Races

Grab four of your co-workers, build a bed on wheels, decorate it, dress in a ridiculous costume—and then race. That pretty much sums up the Ashley HomeStore Kentucky Derby Festival Great Bed Races.

Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, this year’s event is not open to the public, only to participants. Bed racing coverage will be broadcast live on WAVE 3 News throughout the afternoon and evening.

Schedule of Events:

6:00 PM – Parade of Beds

7:00 PM – Bed Racing

7:30 PM – WAVE 3 Broadcast

Entry Fee: $150/team (includes 5 participant t-shirts and 5 collectible event pins)

Teams will Compete for one of these Titles:

  • Fastest Course Times (Two Divisions: Champions Division & Fun Division)
  • Best Decorated
  • Most Entertaining
  • Cone Eater Award



New In 2021

  • To comply with COVID-19 guidelines, the competition has moved from Broadbent Arena to outside in the parking lot of the Kentucky Exposition Center (Site of Old Cardinal Stadium)

The new location will allow for teams and spectators to maintain a safe social distance while still enjoying this annual event.

  • There will be a brand NEW COURSE, with new challenges!! 

The course will go from a Figure 8 to a straight, drag race format. (Some of you might recognize this as a return to the original format of Bedlam in the Streets!)

In both the ‘Champions Division’ and the ‘Fun Division,’ teams will compete in head-to-head heats against another team from their division.


2021 Theme: Sweet Dreams

(Think desserts, candy, all things sweet)



  • All participants are required to wear helmets during the race.
  • All participants must be at least 18 years of age
  • All participants must sign a waiver on the day of the event, prior to race time.
  • Each team may race only once and must remain in its designated lane on the racecourse at all times. If contact is made – judges will determine fault.
  • No alcoholic beverages will be allowed at the bed race site.
  • All decisions by race officials are final.
  • All beds/teams must be decorated for the parade. Decorations may be removed or left on for racing, unless racing officials determine the decorations are an obstacle to racing in which case they must be removed.
  • All bed/team costs are borne by the entrants. This includes the entry fee, which is non-refundable.
  • All participants must wear a Pegasus Pin or Bed Race event pin for entry into the dorm area.
  • Mouth guard is suggested for bed rider.