Preparations Set for Bed Races

Preparations Set for Bed Races

With entries closed on Wednesday, five beds are lined up for this year's Beds Along the Big Horns bed races.

The event starts at 9 a.m. Friday in downtown Sheridan and usually involves several heats, two beds in each, in a run down Main Street.

Jim Schellinger, who's director of sales for Sheridan Media, talked about the appeal of the bed races.

The event is put on by Sheridan Media and Craftco Metal Services, and Schellinger said it's been part of the events on Rodeo Friday for at least 17 years.

Schellinger said there must be six people on the bed-racing team, two to ride on the bed and four to push it. He said the teams also need two alternates to be available in case someone else on the team is unable to participate on race day.

Rules require mixed genders on the teams and that all members of the team wear bed clothes.

In addition to the $400 cash prize for the winning bed in the race, Schellinger said there's also a $100 prize for the best-dressed bed.

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