Updated: Aug 4
“Penny Farthing” by Crystal A Edwards
Derby Days looks a little different this year, but there are still ways to celebrate this long-standing Redmond tradition!
If you love history, we recommend exploring the Redmond Historical Society website - check out the Derby Days Archive under "Research Resources" for photos and archives from past events.
The City of Redmond has planned some fun virtual events and activities. Click HERE to learn more about the Community Bike Challenge, Derby Days Bingo, and more!
You can also connect with your community by taking part in the “Redmond Bicycle Project,” a VALA Eastside, “Random Acts of Art” community activity. You are encouraged to create and share a Penny Farthing—a symbol of Redmond, the “Bicycle Capital of the Northwest." Place it in your window, in a tree, in your yard, or inside your vehicle. You are also encouraged to explore your neighborhood to find as many Penny Farthings as possible. To make your own Penny Farthing you'll need Metal Hoop - 5" Metal Hoop - 1.5" Jewelry Wire (Lightweight, malleable 12 gauge) - 2 pieces about 12" Yarn or Twine - about 2" to 4" Scissors Wire Cutters Optional Extras Beads w/ Holes Large enough for Yarn to pass through (for extra decorations) Extra Jewelry Wire (for extra parts like pedals) All items can be purchased at local business, Ben Franklin's Craft & Frames in Redmond, WA. For step by step instructions, visit valaeastside.org/redmond-bicycle-project Whether you're an explorer, creator, or both, take photos of Penny Farthings and post them online to share with other community members. What you make, or what you find, may be featured by VALA Eastside during Derby Days 2020! The following hashtags are great to use for every Penny Farthing post #VALAEastside #DerbyDays2020 #RedmondBicycleProject #RandomActsOfArt If your post is about a Penny Farthing that you made, use: #IMadeThis, and if it's about one that you found, use: #LookWhatIFound.
BLM Penny Farthing by Crystal A Edwards