OK so yesterday Taryn and I spent part of the morning at the local farmer’s market buying up LOTS of greens and yet more amazing soup from the Got Soup people. In the afternoon we wandered over to the City Hall area to enjoy some of the Derby Days celebrations, in its 71st anniversary this year! It’s a summer tradition that came to life at the end of the Depression. Derby Days began as a drive to raise money for downtown holiday decorations and school athletic equipment. The Redmond Bicycle Derby was the outgrowth of a small town’s community spirit and is now the nation’s longest running bicycle race.
A criterion or ‘crit’ is a timed race over a closed looping course. The loop can be any distance but is usually under a mile. The cyclists ride road bikes. The racers race for determined amount of time, usually around 45 minutes, then, after the bell, there are five laps left to go all out. Lots of fun to watch, you’re close to the action and you see the riders on every lap.
We went home for dinner and figured we’d just wander outside the apartments and watch the fireworks from here instead of trekking back up to city hall. Ten o’clock came…..nothing, ten thirty……nothing. Thought maybe they’d moved them from their usual site but still thought we should be able to see or hear something – very strange! Anyway, this morning I hear from a friend who was actually at city hall to see the fireworks only to discover that there was a technical glitch and now they’ll be trying again next Friday night. Good job Toni was there or I’d have had a hard time working out what happened ; )