Getting Ready for Bedford Day, Part One – Signature Events

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Bedford-Day-Signature-EventsIn addition to the parade, and the dozens of booths promoting local organizations and businesses at the Fair outside Town Hall, Bedford Day features several signature events including the Friends of the Library Book Sale, the Bedford Arts and Crafts Society’s Art Show, the Danny Oates Memorial Road Race, the Thank a Soldier Pancake Breakfast, the Board of Health Flu Shots and Emerson Hospital Health Screening, and on Saturday afternoon, the  dedication of Wilson Field.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Bedford Library are holding a three day Fall Book Sale with thousands of quality books beginning on  Friday, September 18th from 1:00-5:00 and continues Saturday, September 19, from 10 to 4. On Sunday, September 20, from 1:00 to 4:00 there will be a half price and bag sale in the fiction and children’s sale rooms; items left after the Friday and Saturday sales will be available at half price or for $6/bag. Items in the non-fiction room will be sold at half price. The Book Sale is held rain or shine at the library located at 7 Mudge Way in Bedford, MA.

Most adult hardcover books are $2; adult paperbacks are $1 with the exception of the small mass market paperbacks which are 50 cents; most children’s books are priced at $1 for hardcovers and 50 cents for paperbacks. DVDs and CD’s are $1.  Some collectibles and choice gift books are specially priced.  Proceeds from book sales help underwrite library programs and services, including lecture and film series, additions to the library collection and museum passes.

16th Annual Regional Art Exhibit

The Bedford Arts and Crafts Society’s 16th Annual Regional Art Show will be open in the town center Union Room on Friday, September 18th from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and on Bedford Day (Saturday, September 19) from 9:00 AM-2:30 PM.

Danny Oates Memorial Race

A traditional part of Bedford Day, the 21st annual Danny Oates Memorial Road Race will be held September 19th at the John Glenn Middle School.

  • Sign up for the Kids’ Fun Run begins at 7am, and the kids run at 7:30 on the track. All kids get a medal!
  • Registration for the 5k Road Race and the 2.5k Fitness Walk begins at 7:30 and the race starts at 8:30 so that participants can get to the parade and fair in plenty of time.

A tradition for the last 20 years, the Danny Oates Memorial Race, sponsored by the Frank W. Thompson Lodge, Ma- sonic Association, was founded to pay tribute the beloved son of Robert and Judy Oates of Bedford, MA. Bob is a retired member of the Bedford Fire Department and member of various civic organizations; his son Brian currently serves as one of our local firefighters.  All proceeds of the race fund the Danny Oates Memorial Scholarship. For additional information and registration please visit

Thank a Soldier Pancake Breakfast

First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 The Great Road, will host their annual Thank a Soldier Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 until 10:30 am, ending just before the parade begins.

While Veterans and Military Families will be served without charge, the entire community is invited to enjoy breakfast in support of our troops. A suggested donation of $3.00 per adult or $10.00 per family) and to come Thank A Soldier!

All proceeds will benefit the annual Holiday Heroes for Hanscom ( project, which benefits children of who have one or both parents deployed. For more information or to help, please contact Christina Lee at or the Church Office at 781-275-7951.

Board of Health Flu Shots & Emerson Hospital Health Screenings

The Bedford Board of Health is partnering with Emerson Hospital to provide free health screenings on Bedford Day. Flu shots will also be available to Bedford residents 8 years of age and older. It is important to bring ID and insurance cards. Look for us under the big white tent. For detailed information about screenings and services, please visit the Health Department website (link from or call the Health Department 781 – 275 – 6507. We hope to see you at Bedford Day!

Dedication of Wilson Field

The Bedford High School soccer field adjacent to the outdoor basketball courts will be named in honor of a respected and beloved retired multi-sport coach whose local career spanned nearly three decades. The so-called Field B will be dedicated as Dave “Coach” Wilson Field in ceremonies on Bedford Day, Saturday, Sept. 19, beginning at 12:30 p.m. The honor, proposed by the Bedford Athletic Association, has been approved by the School Committee.

Between 1983 and 2011, Dave Wilson coached softball (24 years), boys’ soccer (14 years), girls’ soccer (12 Years) and middle school basketball (28 years). He still serves as a volunteer working with high school soccer teams. The BHS Athletic Department estimates that his teams have has amassed more than 1,200 victories, including a softball state championship and two boys’ soccer sectional titles. Coach Wilson spent his career as a teacher in Lynnfield but resided in Bedford for decades and his three children are BHS graduates.  All are welcome to attend this event.

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