Posted by: Sally Ingraham | November 12, 2011

Bar Harbor Bed Races

A yearly November tradition in Bar Harbor is the PJ Sale and Bed Races. The PJ sale involves shopping between 6 and 9 in the morning while wearing your pajamas to get extra discounts. Although I loath getting up and heading to work so early, it is usually pretty fun. And the Bed Races are fantastic. Five person teams (4 to push and pull the bed, 1 to ride it) careen up and down an 1/8th of a mile stretch of downtown road – best time wins. The teams deck out their beds and usually have amusing names. It’s great fun to watch, and today especially I was struck by how nice it was to be surrounded by grinning, cheerful, happy people. The delighted looks on faces young and old. Lovely stuff. I wanted to share a little of that ecstatic feeling with you all, so here’s a portrait of the Bar Harbor Bed Races 2011:







A resounding “Hazzah!” to all the participants. I’m pretty fond of my home town right now! 🙂

(Aside: If this post looks completely wonky, it’s because I am writing it on my iPhone and I have no idea how the formatting will really work out… We’ll see!)

(Note: Well after just a tiny bit of tweaking on a proper computer, posting from the iPhone worked out all right. Interesting. Meanwhile, I managed to delete my header image. Oops! I’ll have to fix that from my home computer tonight…)


  1. The bed races look so fun! Although, like you, I am not a fan of getting up in time to be someplace by 6am. Yikes.

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