No rest for Edinburg bed racers

EDINBURG – People got into bed Saturday, but they didn’t sleep. Instead, they raced each other on the Great Sacandaga Lake.

About 10 teams of two pushers and a rider competed, racing around cones in several heats in an effort to claim first place in the Bed Race Championship.

Eddie James, a member of the Placid Pines Pub team, was breathing hard after pushing a bed in his first race. “It is tiring,” he said.

The bed races were one of the activities that attracted snowmobilers, families and small planes to the lake for the Edinburg Snowfest.

The event, sponsored by J&S Country Store and other area businesses, also included bonfires and food. Todd Monohan of SunKiss Ballooning set up a hot-air balloon for rides, but high winds would not allow the balloon to go up with passengers.

People watched as teams from local businesses and families competed in the bed races.

Alena Chamberlain of Knox, Albany County, raced as part of the team from Placid Pines Pub.

“Hopefully, [our chances] are pretty good,” Chamberlain said.

James said he would return for future festivals.

“It is fun,” he said.

Aerial activity also got the crowd’s attention. A group of small planes landed near the beach to join in the festivities.

The event raised money for the Edinburg Emergency Squad, said Robert Tecler, owner of J&S. Through paid entries into the bed race and a 50-50 raffle, Tecler had high hopes for the amount raised.

“We are probably going to shoot for $1,000 raised for them today,” Tecler said during the festival.

Jackie Nichols, an emergency medical service driver with the Edinburg Emergency Squad, operated the Four Corners Diner’s stand, making hot dogs and hamburgers for the crowd.

Nichols said money raised will help pay for medical supplies for the squad.

“We are all-volunteer; we get no funding,” Nichols said. “To see the community come out as one, it is good.”

Tecler said the festival is an attempt to work with other local businesses to get people out of their houses during the winter.

“People are just pouring out,” Tecler said. “[I wanted to] get people out of their houses and having a good time, generating and raising money for a well-needed emergency squad.”