Derby Week Continues in Downtown Bedford

(BEDFORD) – Celebrate Derby activities today and Saturday.

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; live music; shopping on the square; fireside stories; a free movie; farmer’s market; a chili cookoff and more.


​Stroll the square and take in the beautiful window displays. The winning storefront display will be announced 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.


  • 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.


  • Friday, October 18th at 7 p.m. This event was postponed due to weather.

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 characters. 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 at 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.