Among those who are taking the “big push” are Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead and his City of Lebanon team, County Mayor Randall Hutto and his Wilson County team, a Stewart Knowles team, and Danny Stewart, Chairman of the Board of Directors and part inspiration for the coffin race.
“Danny Stewart and his wife (Diane) brought up the idea after seeing (a coffin race) several years ago in a town in Colorado,” Vanatta said. “We were looking for something new and different for this year’s event, and we all liked it.”
To make the race even more, um, interesting, it is being sponsored by Sellars Funeral Home, Ligon and Bobo Funeral Home and Lebanon Monument Company.
All coffins must have four wheels, four “pushers” on each corner of the coffin, one alternate and one “Neddy” to take the ride.
Halloween on the Square will begin at 5 p.m. featuring trick-or-treating, costume contests, and WSMV’s SnowBird, as well as Santa Claus.
Free popcorn, hotdogs and drinks for everyone will also be available. The animated Tim Burton film,
“The Corpse Bride,” will be shown on the west outside wall of the old Capitol Theater. There will also be inflatables, face painting, balloon making, storytelling for all ages and many other activities for both young and old to enjoy.
The costume contest will begin at 6 p.m. but will be put on hold at 7:30 for the coffin races.Vanatta said if participation is high, organizers will break the race up into qualifying heats of three to four coffins, with the fastest times moving onto the finals.
The race is open to the public. A full list of rules and applications can be picked up at the Chamber or by calling 444-5503.