EDISON, NJ - The Kiwanis Club of Edison is excited to host its first Doggy Derby Day community event which is scheduled to coincide with the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.mm

The event provides opportunities for dogs and their owners to enjoy a few hours together with fellow dog lovers in a pet friendly and fun setting. 

“The spark for this idea came to us last year when we were manning a water station at a 5k for HomeSharing. We watched one dog after another come by, and we saw what great and passionate conversations started about the dogs,” Club President Laura Leibowitz stated.

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“We have received a lot of positive support from many local businesses and we hope this will become an annual event in Edison.”

Doggy Derby Day includes a dog parade, contests such as cutest, ugliest, “mini-me” dog and owner look alike, biggest and smallest in show. There will be prizes for all winners.  Prize baskets, 50/50 and Cash Hat raffle contests will also be a part of the fun.

Pet centered non-profit and for profit vendors and sponsors will be on hand for shopping and viewing.

The first 150 attendees will receive a gift bag and the Edison Animal Shelter will be on hand for pet adoptions.

The Kiwanis Club of Edison is part of a global group organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. They support youth leadership through Key Clubs at both Edison and J.P. Stevens High Schools. Adults with disabilities are supported through their Aktion Club.

The Kiwanis Club of Edison also partners with HomeSharing of Middlesex, Union and Ocean County as well as Project SPAN, Bianca’s Kids and the Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen as well as the Community Presbyterian Church of Edison Food Pantry. 

Doggy Derby Day has also been a collaboration between all the members of our K (Kiwanis) family and the charities we support. Hands of Hope will be selling refreshments and they will receive a portion of the profits towards the Soup Kitchen. The DJ club at JP Stevens will be providing music all afternoon. I invite all members of the community to enjoy a great day out of doors. You are welcome with or without a dog of your own!

The event will take place at Yelencsics Park Woodbridge Avenue in Edison and admission is $10 per person/children and under 12 admitted free.

For more information go to Doggy Derby Day