2011-06-25 / News

Thornville Bicentennial has something for everyone

By Scott Rawdon

THORNVILLE – It’ll be an action-packed July 3 as Thornville celebrates its bicentennial with just about every community activity imaginable, including bed races.

“Hopefully, there’s something for everybody,” said Thornville Village Council member and bicentennial committee chair Dale Brussee. “We’re excited about it.”

Brussee said the celebration begins at noon with a car show at the bowling alley, which lasts until 5 p.m. Also at noon, the food, art, and craft booths open, the Thornville Pool begins offering a free swim, and live music and a tractor show begin, lasting throughout the celebration, which is from noon until 7 p.m. Most activities take place at Jake Shaner Memorial Park and admission is free.

The most unusual activity will be the bed race at 1 p.m., which Brussee said has its roots in New England. The village is still accepting participants.

Here’s how it works: Participants need to create a mobile bed, full sized with a standard full size mattress (which can be reduced two inches if necessary). The bed must use a matching headboard and footboard from a full sized bed, and a fitted sheet and pillow are required. The frame can be any material and the maximum size of each of the four wheels (which can be fixed or swiveled) is six inches. Decorated or theme beds are strongly encouraged.

Each bed has a six-person team including four people to push or pull the bed, one female rider, and an alternate. The bed passenger must wear protective headgear during the race.

Three beds per heat, the course is a 1,500 feet stretch of Thornhill Drive, near the park. It’s not flat and includes three hairpin turns. Brussee said there are four bed classes-”any age” class, over 40 years old, high school bragging rights class, and corporate bragging rights class.

There’s a sign-up fee of $40. At the end of the race, first, second and third place “any age” and “over 40 years old” class winners all receive a percentage of the sign-up fee collected, so Brussee said it’s to everyone’s advantage to have as many contestants as possible. High schools and organizations such as fire or police departments that enter as representatives of their organization are not eligible for prize money.

Brussee encouraged participants to decorate their beds as vividly as possible, because the beds will be judged. He said he has one ready to go and he’s aware of other community members creating beds. “We’ll just have some fun with it,” said Brussee. There’s also a pinewood derby at 1 p.m.

“Come on out and celebrate our birthday; it’ll be a fun time for everyone,” said Mayor Beth Patrick, adding that the bicentennial committee has worked on the celebration for the last six months.

A bicentennial ceremony fea- turing local dignitaries and Emcee John Ulmer follows the bed races, a pedal pull takes place at 2:30 p.m., and the Lions Club sponsors a dinner at 5 p.m.

Brussee said there will be plenty of activities that take place randomly through the day and not necessarily a specific time. Artists Mary Jane Bugh and Sheridan student Kylie Parr, both of whom contributed to Thornville’s bicentennial logo, will be available to sign logos, and Bugh will display her artistry, specifically depicting Thornville history.

Brussee said the celebration is still accepting vendors, and any vendors willing to join should contact the Thornville Village Offices at (740) 246-6020.

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