Bed races just a tiny part of Randall’s 4th of July fun

 

Members of the Randall Volunteer Fire Department — the Randall Hoserz — show off skills in past bed races during Randall’s July 4 celebration.
Members of the Randall Volunteer Fire Department — the Randall Hoserz — show off skills in past bed races during Randall’s July 4 celebration.

Residents in Randall know how to have a good time and like to get everyone involved.

Randall’s July 4 celebration is one example. While the event features a car show, a beverage garden, rides, games, food vendors and fireworks, it also features a unique event — bed races.

Teams of five people dress up and decorate a bed, put it on wheels and race down East Sixth Street, putting sleepy racers to bed one at a time, until the winner remains.

It’s not all that easy to win, since team members not only have to push the bed down the track, but have to stop, run around the bed, and before heading back to the finish line, two have to switch pajamas, all at a pace to ensure a win.

Bed races take place at 1 p.m. Monday, July 4.

But the fun really begins the day before, Sunday, July 3, when the Randall Car Show, sponsored by the Randall VFW, is on display from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Dancing in the streets commences at 8:30 p.m. July 3, behind Gosch’s Grocery Store, from the Erwin Wise Pavilion to the Bingo Park parking area. All the while, a beverage garden will be provided by the Randall Area Lions.

Rides and games will keep the kids busy, and food vendors will satisfy appetites.

The evening of July 3, fireworks begin at dusk, shooting from the softball field at Dr. S.G. Knight Elementary.

Monday, the Randall Fire Department sells hot dogs or brats and sides, starting  at 10 a.m. at the Fire Hall, and the parade starts at 11 a.m.

After the parade, kids can enjoy duck races at the bridge on East Fourth Street and Bingo Park, an open house will be held at the Fire Hall, until 3 p.m., when the winner of the $10,000 raffle will be announced.

All afternoon rides, games and food vendors will be set up at Bingo Park.