55th Annual International Camel & Ostrich Races

September 5-7, 2014



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It all started with a tall tale from a newspaper man! And here we are 55 years later and still living up to the legend. Come and see these extraordinary animals race. Each day races start at High Noon and gates open at 10 a.m. While you're in town, enjoy some other great family activities in and around Virginia City. Great food and drinks will be along for the ride. So GIDDY UP Cowboy!


Announcing In Arena Seating
That's right, this year we're offering the best seats in the house! Sit closer than ever before with these seats located inside the arena and right by the finish line. A dedicated cocktail server will tend to your beverage needs so you don't a thing. This section is limited to the first 100 seats.

Bucket List Item: Ride a Camel

If you've been to the International Camel Races before and wanted to race, now you'll get your chance! For just $5, attendees can purchase a raffle ticket for their chance to climb on one of these amazing creatures and race for fame and glory against two camel jockeys. The winners will be announced at intermission each day. Winner must be present to win.



Friday, September 5 - Flashback Friday: Celebrate Virginia City's living history with period attire. 
Gates open at 10 a.m.
Races begin at High Noon
Camel Hump to C Street after the races.


Saturday, September 6 - Derby Day: Wear your best hat and come out for a great show
Gates open at 10 a.m.
Races begin at High Noon
Camel Hump to C Street after the races.


Sunday, September 7 - Nevada Discovery Museum Kids Day: Attend the races as your favorite discoverer, anyone from Louis and Clark to Albert Einstein. 
Gates open at 10 a.m.
Races begin at High noon

Schedule subject to change.


Vendor Application

Want to be a part of the fun? Be a vendor! 

Download the 2014 Vendor Application


Sponsor Application

Be a part of it all! Ride a camel... or an ostrich! Get your name and company out to the largest event crowd in Virginia City. 

Download the 2014 Sponsorship Packet


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The International Camel Races is an official event of the Nevada Sesquicentennial celebration. Learn more about Nevada150 here.