Ready to roll ... yet again!
by DELANEY WALKER Banner Staff Writer
Oct 04, 2013 | 694 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FAMILY PROMISE OF BRADLEY COUNTY’S Bed Race has been moved to Saturday, Oct. 12, at the First Street Square. Ten bed racers and 20 vendors are ready to set up camp for a day of family and community fun.
FAMILY PROMISE OF BRADLEY COUNTY’S Bed Race has been moved to Saturday, Oct. 12, at the First Street Square. Ten bed racers and 20 vendors are ready to set up camp for a day of family and community fun.
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Torrential rainfall may have postponed Family Promise of Bradley County’s annual Bed Race, but the local nonprofit is not going down without a fight. The event has since been moved to Saturday, Oct. 12, at downtown Cleveland’s First Street Square.

Family Promise director Eva VanHook said the event will go on, “Because ultimately it is about the families.”

Ten teams and 20 vendors have agreed to show up once again for the nonprofit’s main fundraising effort.

According to VanHook, the original time schedule will remain the same for the postponed event. Registration for the teams will begin at 11 a.m. The grand parade of the beds and the judging for best theme will begin at noon. Junior Bed racers will take-off at 12:30. Thirty minutes later will find the first bed racers lining up for the chance to win fastest bed.

The competition is heated with at least two challenges in the air: Don Ledford Automotive Center versus Larry Hill Ford and local youth groups taking on each other.

Several teams showed up the morning of the original date only to get their beds soaked by the heavy rainfall. Some kept their coverings firmly in place, but VanHook said a spaceship might have been seen peeking out from beneath its cover. Recent years have found teams competing as much for the fastest bed bragging rights as they have for the best theme.

Door prizes have been provided by local businesses and restaurants to include, but not be limited to: Gabriel’s, Steak and Shake, Jordan’s BBQ, Quiznos Subs, Firehouse Subs, Applebee’s and Cooke’s. These prizes will be given out between races.

VanHook highlighted again the event is supposed to be a family fun day.

More than 50 volunteers from the community, Lee University and Cleveland State Community College showed up the day of the event.

VanHook expressed her appreciation for the commitment of the vendors, racers and volunteers.

“I just want to make sure all of the people who come are supported and have a good time,” VanHook said.