2018 Hootin an Hollarin bed races will be at 5 p.m. Friday
With Ma in her kerchief and Pa in his... running shoes (?)... they must be gearing up for the famous Hootin an Hollarin bed races! This sleep-defying spectacle, sponsored by the Gainesville PTO, begins at 5 p.m. Friday on the west side of the square, when dream teams show their high-performance bed-pushing techniques.
Teams consist of five members (four pushers and a rider); the high-speed, super-sport racing bed is provided. No house slippers please! Organizers suggest participants wear tennis shoes.
Teams start their nap, er, lap in front of Molly’s Curl Up & Dye salon, and zoom down the south side of the square to the finish line in front of city hall.
Cash prizes are given for first-, second- and third-place teams in the timed event, and another prize is awarded to the best-dressed team (for those who prefer to saunter down the street in style rather than run lickety-split).
Teams can choose to prioritize speed or to ham it up with costumes, dances and skits in the middle of their run to keep things lively and the crowd entertained. The more original, the better!
Pre-registration (Paula Rose, 989-1282) is appreciated but not mandatory. The entry fee is $10 per team. Last-minute entries are welcome. Teams should gather on the southwest corner of the square in front of Molly’s Curl Up and Dye salon at 4:30 p.m. Friday before the 5 p.m. starting time.
After the bed race, teams are encouraged to stick around and enter another signature Hootin an Hollarin speed event, the outhouse races! (See page 35.)