May 1, 2016 Louisville, KY. – Beds on wheels will be in high gear tomorrow as they participate in the Thorntons Kentucky Derby Festival Great Bed Races. More than 40 teams are expected to race their decorated beds on wheels around the figure-eight course.
The theme of the 27th annual event is “Race for the Cup,” and to match the theme, competitors are encouraged to decorate their beds and wear costumes. The dormitory area will be staged outside Broadbent Arena and will open at 11:30 a.m. for participant tailgating. Bed racing fans are invited to come out early at 4 p.m. and join the tailgate party. The participating teams will have an opportunity to showcase their costumes and bed in a pre-race parade around the racing surface, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The first heat begins at 7 p.m. Admission is a 2016 Pegasus Pin.
The races feature two 600-feet divisions – the Fun Division and the Champions Division. Teams also compete for prizes for fastest times and most outrageous costumes and decorations. Prizes will be awarded to the teams with the three fastest times, as well as awards for the “Cone Eater,” “Best Decorated Bed,” and “Most Entertaining.” Winners will also be invited to appear in the Pegasus Parade on Thursday, May 5.
Thorntons is the Title Sponsor of the Great Bed Races. Contributing sponsors are: AAA East Central, along with Media Partner: 107.7 The Eagle. Broadcast special on WAVE 3 TV.