BAR HARBOR — Sales galore will greet sleepwear-clad shoppers Saturday morning as the 20th annual Early Bird Pajama Sale gets underway. Bed races are set to follow the event.
Weather forecasts call for sunny skies and mid-30s temperatures when the downtown-wide sale opens at 6 a.m. Close to 40 shops are taking part in the event this year, with discounts ranging from 10 to 70 percent.
Almost every shop is offering those wearing pajamas an extra 5 percent off their purchase.
Acadia National Park also will be selling annual passes at a 50-percent discount at the Islander Explorer hub at the Village Green.
The PJ sale is a fun community event that has gained in popularity in recent years, said chamber of commerce representative Jennifer Wright.
“There is a strong local contingent, but we are also seeing people from the greater Boston area, from Southern Maine, from the Bangor area and elsewhere coming to town and staying for this event,” Wright said. “It invites everyone to become part of the community for the day.”
The three-hour sale will be followed at 10 a.m. by a parade from the village green to Cottage Street, where the annual Bar Harbor Bed Races will begin. For nearly a decade, intrepid teams from area organizations have displayed their ingenuity, valor and speed in the action-packed competition. Teams of five will compete in two heats during the event, with the winning group taking home $500 and the newly-designed first-place trophy. Prizes also will be awarded for the team that comes in second and for the team deemed most creative.
Reigning champions R.M. Flagg, who set a course record last year, will be competing to defend their title for a third year in a row. There were nine teams registered for the race as of Tuesday, but more are expected the day of, Wright said.
“The bed racers never fail to satisfy with their enthusiasm,” she said. “I think it’s going to be just as silly and zany as ever.”