Family Picnic at the Lake

August 13, 2022

Presented by the Sylvan Lake & District Lions Club and Aspire Special Needs Resource Centre.


Join us Saturday, August 13 from 11 am to 8 pm at Sylvan Lake Centennial Park for a day of fun for all ages.

This family-friendly event will feature bed races, kid’s games, tug-of-war contest, food trucks, beer garden, bocce tournament and much more.

Admission to the park is FREE!

Participation in children’s races and games, bouncers will require wristbands which will be sold at $8.00 (for the day).

Prizes will be awarded to winners.

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Bed Race Rules & Format

  1. Each team shall consist of 5 members (4 pushers and 1 rider). Registration fee is $ 100.00/team. Team members must be at least 13 years of age to participate in the bed races. There must be a minimum of 4 teams registered per category (ie adult male, adult female, adult mixed, family & sponsors). If not, races for that particular category will be cancelled and monies refunded or teams will be given the opportunity to choose a different category.
  2. All participants must sign a Release and Waiver of Liability form.
  3. Participants must be at least 13 years of age. Participants under 18 years of age must have Parental Release and Waiver of Liability form signed by parent or guardian.
  4. Rider must wear a properly secured helmet. Pushers must have proper footwear and we strongly suggest knee and elbow pads in case of a fall.
  5. The rider must sit or lay flat on the bed. No standing will be allowed. The rider must be on the bed as long as the bed is in motion and may not help at any time in the propulsion of the bed. If the rider falls off, the bed must come to a complete stop until the rider is back on seated or laying down.
  6. All beds must be at racing venue by 11:00 am for inspection. There will be a meeting for captains at 12:30 pm for final instructions.
  7. Races will start at 1:00 pm sharp. PLEASE BE READY
  8. NO ALCOHOL is allowed in race area. Anyone not observing this rule will be disqualified with no refund of registration fee.
  1. Two beds will race at one time. Teams will be required to race approximately 100 yards, turn around and return crossing the original start line. The entire team and bed must cross the finish line. The bed crossing the initial start line first will be declared winner of the heat. All team members must be in contact with and in control of the bed at all times. A team will be disqualified if a member or any part of its bed crosses the center line or sideline barriers during a race. Teams cannot interfere with their opponents in any way during the race. Judgement by bed race officials will be considered final.
  2. Team pairing will be random as determined by the Sylvan Lake Lions Club Committee. Pairings will be announced the day of the race.
  3. Teams will advance under a timed qualifying format as follows:
    1st race – Qualifying race for each category –
    Teams will be timed and ranked from fastest to slowest. Only the Top 4 teams in each category will advance to 2nd race. All others will be eliminated.
    2nd race – Final and prize-winning race for each category – Sudden death race between 3rd vs 4th ranking teams will determine 3rd prize winner. Sudden death race between 1st vs 2nd ranking teams will determine 1st and 2nd prize winner.
  4. Beds must be removed from raceway immediately after race so that following heat is not held up.
  1. The frame of the bed racer must be a TWIN, DOUBLE or QUEEN size bed. Minimum bed size is 38” x 75”. It can be an original bed frame or it must mimic a real bed by having a headboard, foot board and mattress. The mattress must be twin size or larger. No youth beds, bunk beds, crib mattresses, futons or coffins.
  2. Beds must have a minimum of four (4) wheels of any size and designed to touch the ground while in motion. Wheels may be fixed or swivel.
  3. All beds must operate on human power only. No motors or mechanical propulsion of any kind allowed.
  4. Beds must be pushed from the back or sides. No pulling. Push bars are allowed provided they do not exceed the total overall width of the bed by a maximum of 12” on each side.
  5. Team name and/or sponsor name may be displayed on bed and securely fastened.
  6. Beds will be inspected for compliance with the rules before being allowed to enter the race. Beds that do not pass inspection will have an opportunity for correction. If a correction cannot or is not made, the team will be disqualified with no refund of registration fee.

Registration & Prizes

BED RACES (per category)

Entry fee
$100/team of 5

1st place: $500 + trophy
2nd place: $200
3rd place: $100


Starts immediately after the bed races.

Entry fee
$80/team of 4

1st place: $320
2nd place: $80


Entry fee
$80/team of 4

1st place: $320
2nd place: $80

Tug-Of-War & Bocce Rules

  1. Each team can accommodate a maximum of 4 members. Teams can allow for two substitutions during the tournament. More than 2 substitutions will be at the judge’s discretion. Unapproved substitutions will result in disqualification.
  2. The tournament will be arranged in double elimination format, with the winning team advancing and the losing team moving to a consolation bracket. Teams in the consolation bracket will be eliminated from the tournament after a second loss.
  3. The game will be played on a flat grassy patch of land. A line referred to as a center line shall be marked on the playing zone and the rope is placed in a manner that its center mark should align the center marked on the ground. On either side of the rope at a distance of 4 m from the center line, 2 more marks will be made, This is the point where in the first member of each team will stand.  The rope will have a center line marked as well as two marks 13 feet in either direction from center representing the line each team has to each to win.
  4. The center of the rope should align with the center mark on the ground. As soon as the referee blows the whistle, each team can start pulling the rope into their territory. The objective of the game is for each team to pull the rope along with the members of opposition team to their side. As soon as the second mark on the rope from the center red mark crosses over to center line, the team to pull the rope to their area wins the game.
  5. The tug of war competition will have a judge. There are 3 different commands that the judge gives to the players. The judge first announces “Pick up the rope”, then says “Take the string”, and finally tells the players to “Pull” or blows a whistle. Once the pull command is said out the teams start pulling the rope.
  1. Games are typically played between 2 teams, with 4 balls each to a team.
  2. Consist 2 players (2 balls each) or 4 players (1 ball each). A coin flip decides which team throws the Pallino (small white ball) first
  3. The tournament will be arranged in double elimination format, with the winning team advancing and the losing team moving to a consolation bracket. Teams in the consolation bracket will be eliminated from the tournament after a second loss.
  4. The object is to throw your bocce balls closer to the Pallino or Jack, than your opponent. The first team to reach 12 points wins the game (must win by 2). All matches will consist of 1 game.
  5. The pallino is the first ball put into play after the coin toss. It is tossed underhand within a reasonable distance. The court will be marked with a minimum distance that the pallino must travel. If the pallino is not thrown past this line, a member of the opposing team will throw the pallino instead. Once the pallino is in play, it can be knocked anywhere on the desired playing field.
  6. The initial pallino thrower always throws the first bocce ball.
  7. All balls are thrown underhand. Balls thrown overhead will be removed from the court and will not count for that round
  8. Teams always alternate throws until all balls are thrown, regardless of which team’s ball is closest to the Pallino.
  9. Once everyone has thrown at the pallino, calculate the scoring team for that frame (1 to 4 points per frame). If a bocce ball is touching the pallino, its often known as a “baci” or “kiss” and can be rewarded 2 points if they remain touching at the end of the frame. A judge will provide measurement if required
  10. The first team to reach 12 Points wins the game (must win by 2).

A big thank you to our Family Picnic at the Lake sponsors!