A beloved tradition prevailing in Bolton decades ago is scheduled to return.
The Bolton bed races are back.
For years in the early 1980s, several thousand people were annually drawn to Bolton Landing to watch a dozen or more teams push beds down Lake Shore Drive in a zany festival that included partying and socializing. The bed races are returning in conjunction with the new Bolton Harvest Festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 24.
The event, centered at the Bolton Conservation Center off Edgecomb Pond Road, is intended to celebrate the end of the premier season of the Bolton Community Garden.
The Bolton Harvest Festival, which starts at 1 p.m., includes a barbecue, square dancing and activities including pressing apples, canoe races, a bounce house, and games for children.
The event will include recognition of the Conservation Park’s first anniversary, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the construction of the original Bolton Fish and Game Club building at the site on Edgecomb Pond.
The bed races are to be held at 4 p.m. Entrants should contact the Bolton Chamber of Commerce for race forms.
The event also includes a baking contest. To enter, bring any homemade apple dessert to the Conservation Center by 4 p.m. The entries will be judged on flavor, texture and presentation. Prizes will be awarded and the desserts will be served to attendees following dinner.
Festival-goers may chose to bring a dish to share for a potluck meal on the patio. Also available is a chicken barbecue prepared by Frederick’s Restaurant for a price of $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10 years; those under 5 are served free.
From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. there will be square dancing with the Merry Mohicans, followed by some rock and roll music starting at about 9 p.m.