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Posted: November 19, 2012

Fun in bed: Rolling Slumber Bed Races in Brunswick

If you’re going to get out of bed in the morning, shouldn’t it be to get back into bed and race it down the street (perhaps while dressed as a pirate, chicken, or Matthew Thornton – one of the lesser-known Founding Fathers and the final signer of the Declaration of Independence)?

Photos by Shannon Bryan

On Saturday, bed-racing teams took their Sertas to the street during the second annual Rolling Slumber Bed Races in Brunswick. The races, part of Brunswick’s Early Bird shopping event, included five-person teams representing local businesses. They wore costumes. And they decked those mattresses out in ways most Sleep Number beds can only dream about.

The team from Maine State Music Theater brought the stage to bed with a fancy marquee and red carpet.

Cool as a Moose looked to Batman for guidance (and they brought back the winning bed from last year with no changes – aside from a few added stickers).

No. 10 Water – the restaurant at the Captain Daniel Stone Inn – got all matey on their mattress with a pirate theme. Also note the liquor bottles lining the back and the bar-like front. Nice.

Thornton Oaks – a local retirement community – wasn’t going to slumber off into the sunset. They revive their namesake, Matthew Thornton, one of America’s Founding Fathers and a well-known appreciator of rolling slumber bed races.

Wilbur’s of Maine took confections to a new level with their gingerbed – appropriately pushed by a few gingerbed women.

Teams raced two at a time down the street, with four team members pushing and one riding on top. At the end of the course, they had to turn their padded contraptions around and race back to the finish. Many a team lost time turning, with wheels that refused to recognize any direction aside from straight.

Beds veered off course, wheels bent under the pressure. And eventually, the field was narrowed to one ultimate bed-racing winner.

Team Cool as a Moose took top prize for the second year in a row. And after they celebrated, I watched them push their bed down the street and into the Cool as a Moose shop to be put on proper display.

Team Maine State Music Theater won for most creative bed. I think the gold sequins had something to do with it.

In case you missed it, check out this never-before-seen footage of the rare rolling slumber bed race (including a near-tragic spin-out and questions about one team’s sobriety):


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