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International Camel and Ostrich Races

September 10 @ 12:00 pm - September 11 @ 12:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until September 9, 2023

An event every day that begins at 12:00 pm, repeating until September 10, 2023

The camels, ostriches, zebras and good old-fashioned family fun returns with the 64th International Camel & Ostrich Races, Sept. 8-10, right here in historic Virginia City. This hilarious and family-favorite tradition started as a prank between two newspaper editors more than 60 years ago and remains as silly and fun as its origin.

The International Camel & Ostrich Races bring the laughs for the whole family as jockeys, both professional and amateur, race their camels, ostriches and zebras around the horseshoe track to the roars of the crowd. You never know what might happen! It’s a comical racing spectacle guaranteed to leave the entire family laughing. You can even catch a ride on a camel – a photo op not to be missed.

With four shows to choose from, there’s no reason to miss this uproarious event. Friday night, Sept. 8, enjoy Hot Camel Nights, an evening show with discounted rates for locals. Saturday, Sept. 9 catch the 10 a.m. or the 2 p.m. show and the up-close and personal Camel Hump to C Street. Then Sunday, Sept. 10 is Family Day with a show at noon and the first 100 kids ride a camel for free. Gates open an hour in advance of each show start.

Make a weekend of it! Plan ahead and book a room. View our lodging options here.


September 10 @ 12:00 pm
September 11 @ 12:00 pm

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edible Reno-Tahoe
316 California Ave., No. 258,
Reno, NV 89509.
(775) 746 3299

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