The Lima Crossroads Blues Festival brought such competitions as water ball, bed races and a rib cook-off to the annual festival that took place Aug. 2 to 4 in downtown Lima.
Ten teams were registered to compete in the popular bed race, which finds teams placing wheels on beds and racing along Main Street. The beds must also have two sheets and a pillow with a pillow case and teddy bear. Teams of five race, with four pushing and one in the bed, who will have to shoot a basketball through a hoop. Along the way, the contestants must also fill a cask using an unwieldy bedpan.
The race is often marked by crazy costumes – this year featured a bride and her suitors – and hilarity, particularly when filling the cask and inevitably more water is spilled then filled each time.
This year’s bed race was won by the CougarTech-FIRST Robotics Team 2228 from Honeoye Falls-Lima Central School, which received a $300 first prize. Runner-up was The Wedding Singers team, which was awarded the prize for best looking and received a free entry next year.
The race field also featured teams representing Livingston County Court judicial candidates and others seeking or holding elected office.
The other finishing teams included: Judge Margaret Linsner, third; Kevin Van Allen for Judge, fourth; Justin Hill for County Court Judge, fifth; Belec and Button for Town Board, sixth; Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes, seventh; and Jennifer Noto for County Court Judge, eighth.
While Saturday’s bed races are the festival’s signature attraction, the festival also featured three days of music, car cruises, kids’ activities such as bounce houses, inflatable slides and bungy trampolines; and euchre tournaments.
Festival activities began Aug. 2 with a water ball tournament featuring area fire departments. The competition sees teams of firefighters play a kind of tug-of-war, but instead of pulling a rope to try and move a flag, teams compete by pushing a rubber ball suspended from a cable with water sprayed from their hoses from opposing sides. Teams score when they push the ball past their opponent’s goal.
Winners of the Rib Cook-Off on Aug. 4 were Fat Matt’s, first place; Smitty Smokes, second; Swarty Meat, third; and No Clue BBQ, fourth.
The festival is an annual community celebration sponsored by the Village of Lima and the Lima Crossroads Council. The 2020 festival is scheduled July 29 to Aug. 2.
For more information, go to https://limabluesfest.com/