American Dog Derby

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Member Phone: 
PO Box 545
Ashton, ID 83420

Each year, on the third weekend in February, Ashton is transformed into a world of howling dogs, curious spectators, and anxious racers. Dating back to 1917, the American Dog Derby is the oldest sled dog race in America still being run. We are gearing up for a “Run for Rosie” next weekend, February 16-17. The race this year is being dedicated to Dave Harmon; aka-- “Rosie”. He passed away this spring and left a big hole in the mushing community. With the conditions as they have been this winter, the race is going to be held up at Bear Gulch.

What makes it unique is the “carnival-like” atmosphere that prevails during the race. This year the children’s events, vendors, and awards ceremony will take place Saturday afternoon following the races up at Bear Gulch. Registration for the children events: Snowshoe race, Mutt race, and Weight pull will begin at 12-1:30 at NFHS. Events will begin at 2pm and the Awards ceremony will be at 3pm. The great tradition is made possible by the generous donations we receive from our supporters.

During the two days of the American Dog Derby booths are invited to line our streets. To register your booth please call Rachel Hatton @ 652-0144. The cost is $10/booth each day. If you wish to sell food, you may need to check with District 7 about what type of food certificate you may need. Also, those collectible American Dog Derby buttons are available to buy now! They are $3/button or $5 for 2 buttons.

The American Dog Derby committee is committed to bringing the excitement to our community. The Soup Challenge will be on Friday night 5-7pm at the Community Center.

Now we need the community to support us through participation to help the tradition continue on to the next 100th celebration!

A sincere “Thank You to the many volunteers and businesses who have donated to make this community event a success! Every donation and volunteer matters!

For any questions or more information please contact John Scafe @ 360-0988 or Kathy Scafe @ 681-0266. You can also check out their website @

 A sincere “Thank You” to the City of Ashton for their support to help keep this part of our history alive!

Event Information

American Dog Derby

American Dog Derby American Dog Derby
Thu, 02/21/2019 - 8:00am to Sat, 02/23/2019 - 3:00pm

In February of each year, since 1917, sled dogs and their owners descend on the small community to participate in the annual Ashton Dog Derby. Spectators and participants alike enjoy dog sled races, celebrity races, junior dog sled races, weight pulls and various other activities. The miscellaneous activities, as well as the start and the finish of the dog sled races, take place downtown! Winter fun for everyone, regardless of your age! 

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Event Location: 
Main Street Ashton