Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Derby Days!

Redmond, WA –Join the fun at Redmond’s 76th Annual Redmond Derby Days Summer Festival on July 8 and 9, 2016 at the Redmond City Hall Campus, 15670 NE 85th Street. There are activities for the whole family including local music, parades, kids and adult bicycle races, food, and beer and wine gardens sponsored by local companies.
“Redmond Derby Days is a cherished event. It brings our community together to celebrate our small-town roots and innovative spirit,” said Mayor John Marchione. “I invite residents of all ages to join me in the festivities and celebrate our thriving and diverse community.”  Read More >>

The festival hours are Friday, July 8, 2016, from 4 pm-11 pm and Saturday, July 9, 2016, from10 am-11 pm. The ever-popular Northwest Carnival runs both days at Redmond City Hall Campus along 160th Avenue. As always, families with kids will enjoy the free activities, Redmond Toddler Group Diaper Derby, Cadman Sand Box, Interactive Sidewalk Chalk Art, games, face painting, henna, photo booth, crafts, and more!
Back by popular demand, Friday Night Live starts off the fun at 4 pm. Go Redmond sponsors the evening and Austin Jenckes, a songwriter with lyrical roots in folk and country--and previous “Voice” contestant—will perform. Friday Night Live’s headliner is Kalimba, a band that echoes the spirit of Earth, Wind and Fire. Also, the Derby Dash 5K begins at 6 pm.
On Saturday, start the day off with the beloved Derby Days Kids Parade -- the longest-running kids’ parade in the nation. Since 1940, it has been a family tradition for Redmond’s children decorate their wheels as part of participating in the parade. Don’t miss it!  Parade sign-in begins at 9 am in the Opportunity Building parking lot, 8383 158th Ave. The parade kicks off at10 am.
The Grand Parade immediately follows the Kids Parade.  Grab a spot on the parade route and enjoy the Ready, Set, GO theme with surprise Grand Marshals. Back by popular demand, FREE fun community races for all ages will follow the Grand Parade. Seventy-five yards of tricycle riding, costume races, a youth bike race, and much more!
“Last year kids and parents loved the community races and contests. The watermelon eating contest, youth bike race and more will be back this year. It really highlights the historical roots of Derby Days encouraging friendly competition,” states Rachel Van Winkle, Event Manager.
The Criterium, the nation’s longest running bicycle race, starts at 2 pm, and the last race is at7:15 pm. Other festival elements include; Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, free kids’ activities, and Redmond Arts Festival at the Redmond Town Center.
Bring a blanket or beach chair, settle in on the grass, and enjoy entertainment all day and night from the main stage. The opening act will be at noon with Locomotive, an alternative rock band, followed by Board of Education, a nationally acclaimed kids’ rock band, at 1:30 pm. Brotha Groove, Michaela Fuller and Paris Alexa will round out the afternoon. Alec Shaw, pop singer and songwriter with multi-meter syncopated rhythms and harmonic melodies, plays at 6 pm, and the evening headliner, Hit Explosion, plays at 8 pm. Hit Explosion will move and groove the crowd with authentic ‘70s and ‘80s songs with power and precision. They were named the Best Live Performance Cover Band in 2015 and are known as Seattle’s Favorite Band.
The Redmond Craft Breweries Beer Garden opens at 12 pm and is located close to the stage. Grab a snack or dinner from Derby Days food vendors and enjoy the music from the beer and wine garden, sponsored by all five Redmond Craft Breweries and Vortex Winery.
At 10 pm, a spectacular fireworks display will finish off the evening and Derby Days festivities. Ample parking is available at the City Hall Parking Garage, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, and Redmond Town Center.  A free shuttle will run on Saturday, July 9, 2016, between parking sites from 9 am-11 pm.  For additional information, including the festival schedule or to register for activities, visit www.RedmondDerbyDays.com
For questions and more information contact Rachel Van Winkle, Events and Marketing Administrator, at rvanwinkle@redmond.gov or 425-556-2360This press release is available onwww.redmond.gov

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