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 had an excellent 102nd race last weekend, February 15-16.
What makes it unique is the “carnival-like” atmosphere that prevails during the race. This year the children’s events, vendors, and awards ceremony took place Saturday beginning at 10am in the middle of Main Street in downtown Ashton. The great tradition is made possible by the generous donations we receive from our supporters and businesses.
During the two days of the American Dog Derby booths are invited to line our streets. It was awesome to have the much needed moisture and snow this year so we could bring the races back to Main Street and downtown. Also, those collectible American Dog Derby buttons along with other “necessary” souvenirs were sold just inside The Main Office.
The American Dog Derby committee is committed to bringing the excitement to our community. The Soup Challenge was on Friday night 5-6:30pm at the Community Center. This year the N.F. High School sponsored a dance at the Ashton Elementary school from 8-10pm following the soup challenge. The high school also organized “Arctic Golf” in the pocket park this year, and the choir sang our national anthem on Friday before the races began. It was great to have the participation of our schools this year be apart of this historic event in our community! It is always fun to have the elementary students come and watch and cheer as the mushers take off in the morning. We even manage to have some of the classes participate in the Celebrity Race by pulling their teachers on the sleds.
The dog derby committee and the mushers appreciate the community’s support through participation and donations both in-kind and monetary to help the tradition continue on through the next 100 years!
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 @ www.americandogderby.com
A sincere “Thank You” to the City of Ashton for their support to help keep this part of our history alive!
Thu, 02/13/2020 - 8:00am to Sat, 02/15/2020 - 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!