September 6, 2019

International Camel & Ostrich Races (Cool Camel Nights)

Virginia City, Nevada

Venue : Virginia City Fairgrounds
Time : 5pm
State : Nevada
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For 60 years, camels, ostriches and even zebras have come to Virginia City for the annual International Camel & Ostrich Races. This hilarious annual tradition dates back to the 1950s, and features jockeys precariously perched on their beasts as they maneuver the track at high speeds, aiming for a win among the cheering audience in this historic mining town.

A comical racing spectacle that the entire family will enjoy, the event includes a fair-like midway with vendors and treats for the family. You can even catch a ride on a camel – a photo op not to be missed.

The three-day event offers general admission, shaded and a VIP experience that allows you to see the entire racing action up close. Saturday includes two shows and the favored Camel Hump to C Street. Sunday is Dolan Auto Group Family Day with free camel rides for the first 100 kids.