Friday, April 12, 2024

Bed Race Gets Blairstown Up Early

The Blairstown Women’s Club sported their meilleurs chapeaux. Photo by Joe Phalon, 11/2023.

The Linen Linebackers made it a three-peat as they tossed and turned their way to a third victory in Bedlam in Blairstown, taking home the coveted Golden Sheets Award.

The Bed Race was part of the Blairstown Fall Festival at Foot Bridge Park October 28.

Placing second scoring the Silver Pillows Award was Blair Academy, and rounding out the top three was Blairstown Crossfit, this year’s winner of the Bronze Bedposts Award.

Water Street, the team and band, just missed the second heat, missing the cut by under two seconds. They regrouped were among the musicians who entertained during the Fall Festival, which also included Dani Zanoni and Folk Out Da Way.

The Fall Festival was organized by the Blairstown Enhancement Committee, a volunteer organization that works improve the community, particularly the Blairstown Village area.

More than 40 vendors filled the Vendor Village, and numerous food trucks filled the appetites of the attendees. But the big event was the Bed Race, and they did not disappoint.

In addition to the eight teams in the race, numerous other groups took a more breakfast-in-bed posture during the parade, competing for the much-sought-after Satin Sheets Award.

The Linen Linebackers pluck their pumpkin on the way to their third straight victory. Photo by Joe Phalon, 11/2023.
The Mario Bros. bed slipped through the slats. Photo by Joe Phalon, 11/2023.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.