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Derby Days Archive

Derby Days is a long standing fixture in Redmond.

Redmond Derby Days is a summer tradition that came to life in 1939, at the end of the Depression. The goal was to raise money for downtown holiday decorations and school athletic equipment. It began as the Redmond Bicycle Derby -- a race around Lake Sammamish by local newspaper boys Charlie Lentz and Ray Adams in which locals bet on the winning time, .

The outgrowth of a small town's community spirit, the Derby now hosts the nation's longest running bicycle race. These days, the bicycle race is held in downtown Redmond. Except for four years (1942 to 1945) during World War II, the race has been held each year.  Today, Derby Days also includes a Parade in downtown Redmond as well as outdoor concerts, kid’s activities, carnival rides and fireworks. It is generally held the second weekend in July.

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Derby Days Archive

The Redmond Historical Society is in possession of a significant amount of programs from past Derby Day's.  Feel free to contact the office if you'd like to schedule an appointment to view them.

Below are excerpts and articles that comprise our online Derby Days archive.

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