LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A crowd of about 5,000 spectators turned out Monday for the Stock Yards Bank Derby Festival Great Bed Races at the KFC Yum! Center.
The live event was shown on WAVE-TV and streamed online right here. Click on the video clips above if you missed any of the action.
Forty-six teams took part in the 22nd annual Bed Races, one of the Kentucky Derby Festival's wackiest events.
The Curtain Call Photo Booth team took the overall title, completing two laps around the track in a time of 30:06. Many of the team members and their beds were outfitted to reflect the Derby Festival's 2011 "SuperFest" theme. This year's event featured just one division, with veteran teams pitted against novice competitors for prizes and bragging rights.
For an hour the 46 teams each took a turn racing their decorated beds around the "track," competing for the fastest times and decoration and entertainment awards.
Prizes went to the teams with the three fastest times, as well as for the "Best Decorated Bed," "Most Entertaining," "People's Choice," "Most Likely to Break Down," "Cone Eater" and "Worst New Course Record" categories. The People's Choice Award returned for the seventh year in a row, with attendees paying to cast their votes; Rubbies Southside Grille & Bar was the winner. A total of $400 was raised in voting, with half the money going to the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation and half to Kosair Charities.
Here are the results:
Curtain Call Photo Booth took first place with a time of 30:06.
Geek Squad was second with a time of City 31:01.
Apple Valley Gang came in third with a time of 32:01.
Best Decorated Bed
Bigelow Tea "SuperHero of Health" theme.
Rubbies Southside Grill & Bar "Despicable Me" movie theme.
Rubbies Southside Grill & Bar.
Most Likely to Break Down
GE Appliances – Technology Bravo (30 cones and three barrels).
Worst New Course Record
Louisville Coca-Cola (1:26).
Along with bragging rights, winners will also be invited to appear in the Pegasus Parade on May 5.
The Great Bed Race is now in its third decade. First held in 1990 on the cobblestone streets of downtown Louisville in Theatre Square, it was called "Bedlam in the Streets." Since then, event exploded in popularity, so much so that it was moved to Broadbent Arena and renamed the "Great Bed Race."