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Posted: 08/27/14

Rock 'N' Roll Bed Races
and Night Parade

by JUDITH KIMPAN
Observer Special Writer

      All you need to participate in the Bed Races Sunday, Aug. 31, is a customized bed, tuned to a "Rock 'N' Roll" theme, a rider and a team of pushers.
       The Night Parade, also known as The Mummer's Parade, shares the same theme. The Night Parade is where you have a chance to shine, lighting up a float to dazzle the crowd.
       Ron and Mindy Rossell have seen many parades in their 23 years of volunteer work organizing the Floral Parade. They felt ready to move on this year, but couldn't find anyone to take over the responsibility until Romeo-Washington-Bruce Parks and Recreation took responsibility for organizing the Floral Parade. This freed the Rossells to try something new and now share the task of co-chair of the Bed Races and Night Parade this year.
       "Pre-planning is tedious when it's your first time," Ron said.
       The Rossells wanted to involve the community in these popular and fun events. They hope their new sponsors will provide incentives to increase participation. The Night Parade and Bed Races sponsors are Action Insurance and Blue Water Trucking.
       New this year, judges will give cash prizes for the top winners of the Bed Races and the Night Parade. Trophies will be awarded to the top three entries and a cash award will be given for first place. The first place winner of the Bed Races will win $300 and judges will award $500 for the top entry in the Night Parade.
       Last year had seven entries for the Bed Races, according to Ron.
       "It's our hope to get more entries," he said. "We'd like to have at least a dozen in each event."
       Future participants can keep options open and continue working on ideas until Sunday for a rocking Night Parade entry or design a bed and organize a team.
       "You are absolutely welcome to show up at the last minute to enter," he said.
       The Rossells added they would like to be surprised with some novel entries.
       The Bed Races will start at 7 p.m. at Newberry St. and end at Washington St. The Charity Car Cruise will follow. The Romeo High School Marching Band will lead off the Night Parade around 8 p.m.
       "We'd love to see you participate or just come out and see the events," Ron said. "We'd like to see what your imagination would come up with."
       For information call 586-907-2347.


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