Off to the Kimberley (bed) races

A flawless, fun First Saturday of the summer season

A day at the races. Some race horses

A day at the races. Some race horses

The weather was lovely,  the pancakes were tasty, the music was terrific. Kimberley celebrated another First Saturday on July 5 and the verdict was… great fun.

New this year was the Bed Race, and it was embraced with great enthusiasm by eight entrants. This event was organized by super-volunteer Jim Webster and drew a good crowd for a 10 a.m. start Saturday morning.

“In the end it was youth over age and cunning that ruled the day at Kimberley’s First Bed Race,” Webster reports. “The team of Jamer Holdings Toni Lepore Accounting won all three of their races to finish first and take home the Bed Race Trophy donated by Western Financial and designed by local artist Tony Austin of Dragon’s Rest Studio. The races weren’t without incident as all three race beds lost a wheel.

“This didn’t slow things down, as the teams just improvised and raced with one corner lifted off the ground.  The bed races were proceeded by the Kidz Bed Pan relay with more than a little water spilt along the way.  All the fun was for a good cause with $1111 dollars raised and donated to the Cranbrook Kimberley Hospice Society.  Special thanks needs to go the The Marysville Pub, Sullivan Pub and Montana’s for donating prizes to the top three teams.  The Elks club has already committed a donation towards the 2017 race which will be held on Canada, July 1st, 2017.  Western Financial donated the trophy and the race was organized by First Saturday’s and the Kootenay Orienteering Club.