Bed Race is one of many highlights at Preston’s annual Festival of Lights

A lot of people from Cache Valley and surrounding areas are expected to visit Preston, Idaho this weekend for their annual “Idaho Festival of Lights.”

Celebration chair Mary Ann Cox says visitors will see many beautifully-decorated homes and businesses throughout the month of December. She says the big day comes Saturday, November 26 and it starts with a free movie for kids.

Always a big attraction is the Bed Race which starts at 3 p.m. on Preston’s State Street. Cox says real beds are used by a six-man team.

“They are pushing someone riding on the bed,” says Cox. “Originally, many years ago, it started that everybody would bring their own bed and decorate it up. It was like you’re going to sleep the night before Christmas and you’re racing.

“You have four runners that are pushing a bed on wheels and a rider on top. Halfway down the path of the race you have to swap out your rider. They wear a pajama night shirt and a helmet, there’s a sheet on the bed that you have to switch out. Your second rider then jumps on and you finish the race.”

Cox says the Festival of Lights lighted parade, complete with fireworks, begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be numerous performers in the parade.

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