Derby Days 66th Anniversary in 2008
Redmond Derby Days, which celebrated its 66th anniversary in 2008, 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, and since then has become a multiday event every July that includes a bicycle criterium, parade, carnival, and entertainment stages. The outgrowth of a small town's community spirit, the Derby now hosts the nation's longest running bicycle race. Except for four years (1942 to 1945) during World War II, the race has been held each year. The Redmond Historical Society joins the annual parade with a restored fire engine, school bus and other vintage machines (see video on this page for the 2008 contingent!). Mark your calendar for next year and join the fun by hopping aboard one of the Societys entries.
The 2008 event was a great success and included the line up of fun below:
Redmond Medical Center Kids Parade, Venture Bank Grand Parade, Microsoft Entertainment Stage, Genie Industries Bicycle Criterium, Fun Kids Activities, Food and beer & wine garden, Funtastic Carniva,l Fireworks Finale. The Redmond Derby Days is coordinated by the City of Redmond. Many community businesses and organizations contribute to the success and vitality of the event. If you are interested in getting involved, please visit the City's volunteer page.