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Kentucky Derby Festival Great Bed Races

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Are the bed bugs after you? Let's hope so, because it's time for the Stock Yards Bank Derby Festival Great Bed Races. An event where you can grab four of your favorite co-workers and race to bed - in a zany kinda way.

A variety of decked-out beds will take to the track at a NEW location this year - the KFC YUM! Center - competing for the fastest times on Monday, May 2. The five-person teams dress in wild and crazy costumes to compete in this wacky task. No sleeping allowed! Thousands of bed-racing enthusiasts gather to cheer on their favorite beds.

Divisions and Awards
Also new this year, the competition will feature only one division, with both veteran and novice teams participating together. The races will be shown on the Jumbo Tron screen at the arena. In addition, two new awards have been added - the "Cone Eater" for most traffic cones mangled during the races and the "Worst New Course Record Time." The teams have an opportunity to showcase their costumes and bed in a pre-race parade, which begins at 6:30 PM. When racing begins at 7, beds have a great time navigating the course although many do not make it intact through the half-lap run. More than 40 teams are expected to take to the track for the Stock Yards Bank Great Bed Races.

Award Categories:
Best Course Times - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Decoration and Entertainment Awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Worst New Course Record
Cone Eater Award
Best Decorated (Adherence to Theme)
Most Entertaining
People's Choice Award
The Public will be given a chance to voice their opinion. For $1 a vote, fans can place a vote for their favorite bed. Proceeds raised will be donated to 2 local charities. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Derby Festival Foundation and will be donated to the 501C3 Charity chosen by the winning bed team.

The First place from each of the 5 divisions will be invited to participate in the Pegasus Parade on Thursday, May 5, 2011.

More Fun!
The Dormitory area will open at 11:30 a.m. to tailgate and make a complete fun filled day. If you're interested in a little bit of practice before the big race, we will also have practice runs throughout the day. So come on out, bring your friends and co-workers and have a great time!

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