A team from 2 Cats participates in the Bed Races on Saturday. ISLANDER PHOTO BY NINAH GILE

Bed Races and Pajama Sale draw big crowds



BAR HARBOR — The town was swarmed with shoppers and spectators during the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s 26th Annual Pajama Sale and Bed Races on Nov 13. 

People in their pajamas wandered Cottage and Main streets as early as 6 a.m. to peruse and shop at local stores for early holiday gifts that were offered at discounted prices. 

With help from the shoppers, the Conners Emerson eighth-grade class sold out of all their bake sale items to raise money for their whitewater rafting class trip. 

Shoppers took breaks to hear WDEA’s Chris Popper announce the MDI Backpack Program raffle winners and sportscast the Bed Races, which started at 10 a.m. 

Decorated, wheeled beds were raced by five teams, each with four team members hauling a fifth on top of the bed. Races began in front of The Criterion, went to the end of Cottage Street and turned around and raced back to the start line. 

This year’s competition included a “challenge zone,” where teams had to completely halt their beds so team members could swap sides and continue racing. Teams had to complete the “challenge zone” once going up and then once going back. If the teams didn’t totally stop, or if they failed to switch sides, a one-second penalty for each infringement was assessed. 

The contestants included Acadia Indoor Golf, Bed Hogs, 2 Cats, Bar Harbor Congregational Church and Bar Harbor Inn. The competition consisted of three rounds, with the top three teams – Acadia Indoor Golf, Bar Harbor Congregational Church and Bar Harbor Inn – advancing after round one.  

After the second round, Acadia Indoor Golf and Bar Harbor Inn advanced, and Acadia Indoor Golf emerged victorious in the final round. 

The Bar Harbor Inn took home the best decorated award for its Disney’s “Up”-inspired costumes and decorated bed. 

Local sponsors of the event included Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, First National Bank, Machias Savings Bank, Acadia Shops and Cape Air. 

Ninah Rein

Ninah Rein

Writer at Mount Desert Islander
Ninah Rein, an MDI native, covers news and features in the Bar Harbor area. She is glad to be back in Maine after earning a bachelor's degree in San Diego from the University of California.
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