As with all Harvard Lion fund raising events, 100% of the proceeds are used to benefit the many charities and community programs we support.

Location & Time Bed Race Live Music Craft Exhibitors Kids Food and Drink Photo Gallery

What is a VolksFest?

A Volksfest is "A Festival for all People", featuring traditional German food, hard cider, beer and wine, live music & dancing. Admission and parking are free. Put together a team and build a bed for the bed races! We'll have kid's activities and craft vendors. Free addmission! Fun for the whole family!

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Location & Time   (Sept 16th, 2017 from 2pm - 9pm)

Harvard Library Field, 4 Pond Road Harvard, MA 

Bed Races

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Bed Races are a popular annual town event in many locales across the nation. As an example, see Newburyport 2015 bed race. As part of the Volksfest, the Lions have organized Harvard's inaugural bed race, starting at 2:00pm on Sept 16. Form a team, build a bed and race!

Bed Race Information

  1. Make your own mobile bed or use one of ours for a modest $25 donation to the Lions.
  2. Harvard Lions Club Volksfest Bed Races Waiver & Release Form
  3. Review Bed Race Rules
  4. Bed Race Free Registration Entry Form
  5. Bed Race Photo Examples Pages For Reference
  6. Links to Bed Races in Other Local Towns
  7. Bed Races in Other Towns PowerPoint Presentation


Live Music

Live performances by four local bands, starting at 2 PM and finishing at 9 pm. 

  • The Farewells – an alternative folk duo from Maynard Very cool opener
  • The Mark Nomad Band – nationally known blues guitarist from Northampton power trio Mark will get the party started…
  • The Macrotones – 10-piece Afro Funk Horn band with cool grooves who do originals and dance covers during their shows 
  • Fake News - featuring Dana West – Classic 70’s rock and roll with an all-star cast.


Craft Exhibitors

Information Sheet for craft vendors.

Application Form for craft vendors.



Kids Activities

Join the Stuffed Animal Parade!  The parade starts at 2:45pm and the kids get to March on the bed race course to the finish line and then across the field hockey field to the Volksfest kid's area at the Library. Bring a new small stuffed animal to donate to a less fortunate child if you wish.
Play Some Yard Games


Arts and Crafts Tent Little Kid's Play Area (Available all night in the Beer Garden)


Food and Drinks

Food Menu

  • Bier Bratwurst mit Sauerkraut, Pfeffer und Zwiebeln ~Sheboygan Beer Bratwurst with Sauerkraut &/or Peppers and Onions~
  • Schnitzel und Pommes Frittes ~Chicken and Fries~
  • Gemüseburger ~Veggie Burger~
  • Frankfurters ~Hotdogs~
  • Hot Pretzels
  • Apple Crisp (from Carlson Orchards)
  • Beer Nuts

Drink Menu

  • Cold or Hot Apple Cider (Depending on the Temperature) - Carlson Orchards
  • Cool Refreshements

Adult Refreshments (No BYOB)

Apple Cider donated by Carlson Orchards


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