39th Annual Bed Races & Decorated Bike Parade – Thursday, May 19th 6pm – 7:30pm
The Cloverdale Bed Races started in 1977 as a publicity stunt to build enthusiasm for the start of the annual Cloverdale Rodeo and Country Fair. This fun and colourful event is sponsored by the Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition, the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, the Cloverdale BIA and Elements Casino & Racetrack and happens each year on 176A St. in historic downtown Cloverdale.
The Bed Race event starts with a demonstration from participants of the World Free Style Round-Up Skateboard Championships which are also performing at the Fairgrounds during the Cloverdale Rodeo. A number of world class skateboarders show off their amazing skills!
Following the Skateboard demonstration is a Western themed Bike Parade, where kids show off their creations to the crowd and return to the main stage for a number of randomly drawn prizes including $100 gift certificates provided by the Cloverdale Lions, Kearney’s and Shop Cloverdale Magazine.
The main event is an elimination-style Bed Race where heats run in four categories (men, women, media and mixed) until a winner is declared. The prizes for the winners of each division are just as quirky as the race itself: the winners of the men’s race receive the coveted Bed Pan trophy, the women’s division competes for the Chamber Pot and the media division go after the Stone Pig prize. There are also prizes for the best-dressed team. The men’s team consists of six men who push the bed with a lady on it. A women’s team consists of six ladies who push the bed with a man on it. A mixed/media team can be a mixture of six women and men, plus a rider, but the team must have at least two women pushers to qualify. A mixed team will consist of six pushers, at least three of which must be women and a rider of choice.
Photos Courtesy: Shop Cloverdale Magazine
Cloverdale BIA, Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce, Cloverdale Lions, Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair, Elements Casino, Shop Cloverdale Magazine
1. Mens: Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School – Sr. Boys Track
2. Women’s: Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary School – Sr. Girls Track
3. Mixed: Hyland Heroes – Options BC
4. Best Dressed: Pharmasave Cloverdale – ‘PharmaSave Drug Pushers’