The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 29, 2013

Bed races net $3G for MACC

Monkees-inspired event creates ‘ton of publicity’

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

BEAVER SPRINGS — Plans are already in the works for next year’s second annual Beaver Bed Race after a successful turnout earlier this month raised $3,000 for the Middlecreek Area Community Center.

"We went into it thinking it would be a good event," MACC executive director Cher Harpster said.

The large turnout to the event, which coincided with a celebration of the life of the late Monkees lead singer Davy Jones and unveiling of a prototype life-sized statue in his likeness in Beavertown on June 15, generated a "ton of publicity" for the center, she said.

About 250 people from across the country attended the event, including Jones’ four daughters, Sarah and Talia, both of California, and Jessica and Annabel, of England, who joined five other teams that participated in the bed race at Beaver Springs Dragway.

"It was wonderful to have them here," Harpster said.

Dragway owner Bob McCardle is looking forward to next year’s race and told Harpster his crew will be building their own bed on wheels with the aim of winning the Davy Jones Memorial Trophy.

The current winner of the trophy is held by the team led by MACC board president Brent Bobb.

"Now that they’ve seen you can put wheels on a bed, they want to do it," Harpster said of McCardle’s crew.

The bed race committee, which includes Beavertown Mayor Cloyd "Bill" Wagner and state Rep. Fred Keller, R-85, of Kreamer, will meet in two weeks to begin planning next year’s event.

Altoona sculptor Chuck LaMark said he will unveil the final version of the Jones’ sculptor next year after he tried to create a statue with the wrong type of clay.