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May 1st

Samtec Great Bed Races

  • Admission: Admission: FREE with 2022 Pegasus Pin® $10 KEC Parking fee
  • Location: Kentucky Exposition Center
  • 937 Phillips Ln.
  • , Kentucky 40209
  • Time:
    1:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Samtec Great Bed Races

Grab four of your co-workers, build a bed on wheels, decorate it, dress in a ridiculous costume—and then race to the finish. That pretty much sums up the Kentucky Derby Festival Great Bed Races.

Each year, thousands of enthusiasts gather to cheer on more than 30 teams, while on-air personalities from WAVE TV anchor the live coverage from every angle, from the crowd to the parade of beds, to every last heat.

The 2023 theme is “Through the Decades,” featuring inspiration from movies, music, fashion, television and sports.

Monday, May 1, 2023
1:00 PM: Tailgate Party Starts
6:00 PM: Parade of the Beds
7:00 PM: Races Begin

  • Entry Fee: $150/team (includes 5 participant t-shirts and 5 collectible Pegasus Pins)

Hosted by 107.7 The Eagle personalities, the awards ceremony recognizes the following winners:

  • Fastest Course Times (two divisions; champions & fun)
  • Best Decorated
  • Most Entertaining
  • Cone Eater Award

Kentucky Exposition Center

The Kentucky Exposition Center, the sixth largest exposition facility in the United States, is home...