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Rotary to host fourth annual bed race

Competing teams in the bed races held at the 2011 Bolton Harvest Festival collide on their way to the finish line. The beloved tradition of the zany competition was revived last year, capturing the spirit of the great Bolton Bed Races held in the early 1980s that attracted many thousands to town. The 2012 bolton Harvest Festival is to be held Sept. 22 with plenty of family friendly activities, and the bed races are to begin at 4 p.m.

Competing teams in the bed races held at the 2011 Bolton Harvest Festival collide on their way to the finish line. The beloved tradition of the zany competition was revived last year, capturing the spirit of the great Bolton Bed Races held in the early 1980s that attracted many thousands to town. The 2012 bolton Harvest Festival is to be held Sept. 22 with plenty of family friendly activities, and the bed races are to begin at 4 p.m. Photo provided

— It’s that time again. The Plattsburgh Rotary Club is holding its annual bed race as part of the 2013 Battle of Plattsburgh Commemorative Weekend. The Bed Race event is being held on Sept. 14 at City Hall Place in downtown Plattsburgh. The races begin at 3:15 p.m. and will continue until the fastest bed crosses the finish line.

Teams will be comprised of up to seven participants with one “sleeper,” four pushers and two alternates. The fastest bed has a chance to win the top prize of $500. The Plattsburgh Rotary Club is also inviting participants to race with a “theme bed” which gives the racers a chance to win the Golden Bed Pan as well as a $150 prize for their creativity.

Though the Bed Race doesn’t necessarily have any pertinence to the Battle of Plattsburgh, it is however a great way to get some much needed laughs and entertainment for everyone involved. Bring the family and offer them an educational experience and learn about an interesting part of the history of Plattsburgh.

Rotary Bed Race Chair Courtney Chandler said the first 32 teams that register for the competition will vie for the first place prize of $500.

“We don’t think we will catch anybody sleeping with this exciting race and the top prize of $500. And, we are also looking for the team with best theme-entered bed, which could net a team the Golden Bed Pan along with $150. It ought to be fun,” Chandler said in a release.

The Rotary Club would like to extend much gratitude to its sponsors: King Sponsor Wendell’s Furniture; Queen Sponsors IBEW/NECA , The Development Corp, UFirst Federal Credit Union and Champlain National Bank; Twin Sponsors Nine Platt Hospitality, Raymond James, Primelink, Fesette Realty, Agency Insurance, Abbott, Frenyea & Russell, CPA’s and many more. Without your support and participation, the annual Bed Race extravaganza would not possible.

This exciting and family fun event allows the Rotary Club to continue making donations for academic scholarships, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, The North Country Mission of Hope, CVPH Medical Center Radiology School and other community-based organizations.

More information about the Rotary Club of Plattsburgh is available at www.plattsburghrotary.org.

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