POCAHONTAS - For somebody looking for a place to take a late morning nap, the wheeled beds set up on Main Street in downtown Pocahontas were not it.
Even if you show up in your bathrobe, the way bed race participant Joyce Kizzier did.
"I do actually wear this,"Kizzier said.
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Joyce Kizzier, suited up in helmet, bathrobe and teddy bear, holds on for dear life as her team takes off Saturday morning during the bed races at the 28th annual Heritage Days in Pocahontas. Teammate Patt Storr got into the spirit by wearing a pair of comfortable pajamas.
Her outfit included a teddy bear tucked into the robe's belt.
"That's mine too," she admitted.
For safety, Kizzier donned a motorcycle helmet.
After participating in several heats, Kizzier confirmed the moving bed is no place for a good nap.
"Oh no," she said. "It's too bumpy - unless they repair Main Street."
One of her teammates, Pat Storr, wore pajamas for the race. He was a little hesitant to admit it, though.
"They could be," Storr said.
After the second heat, he said pushing a bed is difficult work.
"It's tough," he admitted. "I'm very out of shape."
Chelsea Keene, of Pocahontas, was the lucky member of her team, the Mad Scientists, who got to ride.
"It was easy," Keene said.
To help her group complete the home stretch faster, she sat up and simulated swimming. Whether that gained any time or not will forever remain a mystery.
Jan Stoulil, of Pocahontas, helped organize the race. She ran in two heats also. The second time was not any easier.
"I'm getting older," Stoulil said. "It doesn't get easier."
Of course, a hazard of any kind of racing is equipment failure. None of the beds blew a tire or spilled oil on the track, but there were some, well, issues.
Maggie Schuttler found one on an old, wood-framed double bed.
"Those wheels are all over the place," Schuttler said.
And there was another. Somewhere between turning around and the finish line the headboard came off.
In addition to the bed races, other events included a parade, antique tractor show, farmers market, rubber duck race and cow pie bingo.
Events scheduled for today include Chris Cakes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight, Fair Trade Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, and an ecumenical worship service from 1 to 3 p.m. on the Pocahontas County Fairgrounds.