We hope you enjoy this commemorative issue of Derby’s 150th anniversary since Alexander and Margaret Garrett settled on the banks of Spring Creek in 1869. It has been quite a year of celebration and memory making.

Rock Regional Hospital officially opened April 24, 2019, and celebrated with a grand opening event on August 15. While Derby has other health care facilities, the hospital at 3251 N. Rock Road near the corner of Patriot and Rock is its only in-patient medical center.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Bill Fales and Barney Tull have written volumes about Derby. The two photographers can be spotted at local events where they donate their time and talent to capture memories for posterity.

Kristina and Jason Roby, like most married couples, don’t always agree. They talk over each other in equal parts finishing each other’s sentences and correcting each other’s stories or memories. And the jokes are nonstop as they sit in the Pizza John’s restaurant that has remained largely un…

The Derby Alumni Association hosted a reunion banquet for Derby High alumni and recent graduates at The Powerhouse on June 8, 2019. This annual event gives alumni an opportunity to gather and reminisce. In recognition of the City’s 150-year anniversary, guests enjoyed photos and history pres…

Heather Bohaty, superintendent of Derby Public Schools, holds balloons among a crowd of students. Bohaty and Mayor Randy White joined students at the Carlton Learning Center on Jan. 22 for Derby’s 150th Birthday Bash, hosted by Parents as Teachers for children aged zero to five. At the event…

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The Derby Community Foundation held its annual Uncorked event on February 23, providing good food and entertainment for about 300 people, while bringing in thousands of dollars for the DCF.

Nearly 300 area residents attended the Derby Chamber of Commerce Pancake Feed at the city’s welcome center on Saturday, March 2. According to Chamber CEO Mark Staats, this event has grown significantly since its inception in 2014. Attendees paid an entry fee of $5 for all-you-can-eat pancake…

Residents tested their detective skills during a murder mystery based on real events from Derby’s past. Set in the Derby Library Community Room, participants in “Blood in the River: A Murder Mystery in Derby” heard the story of an infant who was found dead in the Arkansas River in 1898.

The Derby Arts Council 150th Anniversary show was celebrated with an Artist Reception at the Derby Public Library and Derby City Hall. The show ran from March 18 through May 8 with 629 people attending the reception April 11.

Derby’s second annual Spring Into Art was held at Madison Avenue Central Park on April 28, 2019. Activities included 19 art vendors displaying their works, live entertainment at the amphitheater, interactive make-and-take art activities for the kids, food trucks and the Kansas Grown Farmers …

(Apr 24, 2019) Student winners of an essay contest about the future of Derby dreamed big about their community with visions of an NBA team, a zoo and more parks and recreational opportunities. A restaurant devoted to nachos as well as a Texas Roadhouse wouldn’t hurt either, students opined.

Derby residents were invited to join the city for a night of dancing and fun. Live music from the ’50s and ’60s was provided by Kansas-based Jukebox Journey. The Dance-a-long was a first-time event for people of all ages representing one of many celebratory occasions for Derby’s 150th annive…

The City held its 9th annual BBQ festival at High Park on June 6-8. The event had a new name, new look and new features. Smoke on the Plains BBQ & Music Fest attendees enjoyed professional and backyard BBQ competitions, kids’ corner with fun and free activities, food trucks, beer garden …

The 38th annual Firecracker Run was held on July 4, featuring runners in one- and four-mile races. There were a total of 387 entries between both races. The Firecracker Run is organized by the Derby Running Club.

The annual July 4th parade sponsored by VFW Post 7253 was a great show of patriotism as the Derby community celebrated 150 years. This year’s parade theme was Happy Sesquicentennial and the Grand Marshal was Myron Schwartz, 93, a third-generation, lifelong Derby resident.

It didn’t take long for a trio of DHS students to find the 150th Anniversary Medallion in a citywide hunt. The medallion was found Sept. 2 in Garrett Park after only two clues had been released by the Derby Public Library, which held the event. The team won $100 from sponsor Citizens Bank of…

The Derby Recreation Commission sponsored the 150th Anniversary Sing-off competition on October 5 at The Venue in Madison Avenue Central Park. Seventeen audition tapes were reviewed before the competition and DRC officials narrowed it down to 10 to compete live before three judges: Mayor Ran…

The annual Derby Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook-Off drew a crowd of nearly 450 chili taste testers on Oct. 5th at Madison Avenue Central Park. Nineteen local teams dished up their best chili to spectators who purchased a $5 chili taster kit. Those tasters ultimately decided who would take th…

The Derby Recreation Commission’s annual Halloween Hullabaloo hosted kids and families for a morning of candy, bounce houses, games and activities, food trucks, a DJ, zombie hunting, and pumpkin chuckin’. Over 1,500 ghosts and ghouls filled Derby’s High Park the Saturday before Halloween for…

Taste of Derby represented the official grand finale of Derby’s sesquicentennial celebration. The Chamber of Commerce event drew 340 guests who enjoyed sampling food from Derby restaurants and caterers along with a silent and live auction. As hundreds of balloons fell from the ceiling, glass…

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