Downtown Derby Week Oct. 7-12

(BEDFORD) – Celebrate Downtown Bedford during Downtown Derby Week Oct. 7-12.

The downtown celebration sponsored by Bedford Revitalization Inc. will showcase what downtown Bedford has to offer to residents and visitors.

Among the highlights of the week are historical tours; a bed race; a chance to hear from Charlie Walker, who flew Space Shuttle missions in 1984 and 1985; live music; shopping on the square; fireside stories; a mystery dinner; a free movie; farmer’s market; a chili cookoff and more.


Daily Monday, October 7th – Saturday, October 12th

​Stroll the square and take in the beautiful window displays. The winning storefront display will be announced Saturday, October 12th

Daily Monday, October 7th – Saturday, October 12th

​Shop at participating downtown merchants all week long and be entered into our drawing for your chance to win a Downtown Merchants gift basket valued at more than $100. It’s easy to earn an entry just visit a downtown store. If you purchase an item you will earn two entries.

Visit every day and at multiple locations for your best chances to win. The winner will be announced Saturday, October 12th


  • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 8th
  • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 10th
  • Noon Friday, October 11th
  • 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 11th

Meet in front of the Lawrence County Museum to take a guided architectural and historical tour of downtown Bedford. The tour will take about an hour. A handout with historical photos and information will be provided. Please RSVP Teena Ligman at 812-849-1090 so there will be enough handout. The is no cost but donations would be appreciated for improvements to the downtown area.

Wednesday, October 9th  Noon – 1 p.m.

Astronaut Charlie Walker with Marla Jones

A Journey Through Space – Bedford Astronaut Charlie Walker and other local contributors to the space program will join moderator Marla Jones at the Lawrence County Museum of History to share ten things you may not know about the Apollo Space program.

Lunch is included. Seating is limited. Tickets cost $10 per person. RSVP by emailing

Wednesday, October 9th at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Relive the last moments of Sarah Schafer, the young Latin teacher at Bedford High School who was brutally murdered on her way home from dinner on a cold night in January 1904.

Miss Sarah Schafer

Can you solve the murder the Pinkerton Agency could not?

Make your dinner reservations for one of the two seatings at 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person. On the menu Chicken Parmesan, side salad, homemade bread, and dessert. Call the Limestone Cafe at 812-279-0499 to make your reservation

Friday, October 11th at 7 p.m.

Bring your family, blankets or lawn chairs to Harp Commons for a FREE outdoor movie presentation of Toy Story 4. Attendees of all ages are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Toy Story character. Prizes will be awarded. Light concessions, including popcorn and drinks, will be available for purchase. 

Saturday, October 12th  from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Enjoy an expanded market featuring Bedford Farmers Market vendors in addition to hand-made craft booths to create the Downtown Derby Fall Market.

Saturday, October 12th

Local churches and non-profit organizations will be selling concessions, including their BEST chili recipes in hopes of garnering the traveling “Chili Bowl” trophy or winning the People’s Choice Award. Bring your appetite to support these groups by purchasing food and casting your vote for the best chili with $1 votes.

Saturday, October 12th  7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Are you the best storyteller in Bedford? Do you want to hear some of the best stories in Bedford? Join officials at StoneGate Arts & Education Center (Shawna M. Girgis Building) from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Children age 6 & under are free. For more information, call 812-583-6697

Saturday, October 12th  

The 2nd Annual Downtown Derby (bed race) kicks off with registration at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, followed by the Parade of Beds at 12:15 p.m. The first heat will begin at 12:30 p.m. Cheer on your favorite team vying for the coveted Downtown Derby Champion Trophy.  Teams of three to five people will push a bed around the courthouse square. The race has four divisions. The entry fee is $25 per team.