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2011 Eastport Pirate Festival Annual Bed Race offering $1,000 in prize money

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EASTPORT/LUBEC - The Eastport Pirate Festival has quickly become known for all of its family fun and entertainment. One of the most popular events each year is The Pirate Bed Race through the historic waterfront streets of Eastport. This year the top place winner will walk away with $500 to be shared by the team with the best time.

In all, a total of $1,000 of prize money will be given to the various winning categories, with half that going to the top entry. All contestants will receive the official Eastport Pirate Festival Bed Race 2011 T-Shirts as well.

All teams must be pre-registered prior to the start of the race. The race is on Saturday, Sept. 10 following the Grand Pirate Festival Parade.

"We hope to see teams from both sides of the border," said race organizer Don Dunbar. "The rules are quite simple. All teams should be properly attired in pirate theme with adequate attention to safety apparel. Use of helmets and padding is strongly encouraged for all participants. Riders are required to wear a safety helmet. Beds should be designed with four or more wheels making contact with the street surface at all times. No motorization or mechanical propulsion allowed. Beds must have some sort of mattress and push bars attached must not exceed 12 inches on each side. Teams shall consist of one rider and four runners/pushers. This certainly gives new meaning to learning how to make your bed!"

Traditionally local businesses, clubs, schools, local Fire and Police Departments and The US Coast Guard enter bed races. Last year The Boat School-Husson University won first place in the race. You can pre-register by calling Don Dunbar at 207-853-0727. An entry form and full details on teams and prize categories can be found at the Pirate Festival website:

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