The Fredericksburg Dog Mart

Celebrating the 325th Anniversary of the Oldest Dog Event in America!

Sep 30th, 2023

Spotsylvania, VA


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Cute Doberman
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About The Dog Mart

A Historic Dog’s Day Out and

Fun-filled Family Event

Hosted by:

The Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America

Our Izaak Walton Fredericksburg-Rappahannock chapter was cited recently by the Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly for its long standing stewardship for the Fredericksburg Dog Mart as the oldest dog event in the United States. We are very proud to continue this tradition at our chapter grounds. Mark Cole, Virginia State Delegate, made the presentation at a chapter membership meeting on the evening of June 3, 2021. The full text of the resolution can be found at HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 667


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Dog Show

Come out and see all the amazing dogs!


Great Food

Fresh cooked burgers, fries and much more!


Archery & More

Archery and BB Gun shooting for the kids!

Some activities from prior events

Latest updates from the blog

Checking Out the Chapter Choo-Choo

Checking Out the Chapter Choo-Choo

It is two weeks left before the big event and today we pulled out the barrel train to check out its readiness. We are happy to report that the rolling stock is ready and fueled up for the Dog Mart. This amusement ride is a great attraction for both the young and old.

Planning and Readying the Property

Planning and Readying the Property

Each year the member body rallies to prepare the grounds for the Dog Market event. Here we are on the September workday gathering for lunch and discussing the needed tasks for completion over the next three weeks.

The Oldest Dog Mart in America!

The Fredericksburg DogMart is 325 years old this year.

The Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America will once again host The Fredericksburg Dog Mart at their chapter grounds in Spotsylvania, Virginia.



Visit our vendor registration page for more information.


Check out our highlights

Check out some highlights from some previous Fredericksburg Dog Mart events!

Bring a Guest

The Dog Mart is a family-friendly event with plenty of fun events for kids and adults alike. Check our blog for the latest updates.

We are Turning 325 this year!

This is truly a historic event with roots dating all the way back to 1698. Check out our history page to learn more.


Check out some pictures from previous Dog Mart events!


Wondering what to expect at the Dog Mart? Check out the Schedule!


More Info


Saturday, September 30th, 2023 at 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Rain date:

Sunday, October 1st; however, rain is not expected and dare not happen!)


Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Chapter Park at 12400 Herndon Road in Spotsylvania, VA. 


View the official 2023 325th annual Dog Mart Flyer/Poster and the Final Event Schedule and Event Trifold presumptive Map for 2022. Check back for 2023 event schedule and map information (the schedule and map for our last event is provided for information only). 


Parking fee $5.00 per carload to be paid at the gate. Bring the whole family including the dogs!!  Cash or credit accepted.

Native Americans

Past Dog Marts

Barrel train with kids

Visit the Gallery

There are tons of fun activities to participate in at the Fredericksburg Dog Mart! Check out our Gallery to see some examples from previous years’ events.

Do you have questions?

Contact Us!

For questions concerning the 2023 Dog Mart or if you would like to participate in this years Dog Mart, please contact:

Dog Mart Manager/Event Coordinator: Darrell Schultz at