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 grand celebration next week for the 100th anniversary! What makes it unique is the “carnival-like” atmosphere that prevails during the race. Unlike most races that start and finish in obscure locations, this derby event is located in Ashton and attracts hundreds of spectators both days. 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. This year following the Soup Challenge on Friday night, the American Dog Derby is excited to present the Rockin’ A Team for a family dance. This group comes to us from Roberts, Idaho to share their talents that evening. Admission for the dance will be $3/person; $5/couple; $10/family. Also, on Saturday following the race and all the events planned for that day, around 3pm at the Community Center, BYU-I will be presenting a children’s play about Aesop’s Fables. This event will be free to the public! 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 centennial celebration 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, 02/15/2018 - 8:00am to Sat, 02/17/2018 - 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