Date: 9-5-14 to 9-7-14
Time: Various Event Times. For full event schedule please visit
Location: Virginia City, NV (Storey)
Description:  Virginia City International Camel & Ostrich Races have been going on for 54 years in Virginia City.  Brief History:  Camels have long history in Virginia City, once being used as service animals for the gold & silver mines in the 1800s. However, according to local legend, the animals’ comical history came into play just over 54 years ago when Bob Richards, editor of the local paper the Territorial Enterprise, ran a fictitious news story about local camel races. Richards was notorious for his practical jokes, so he didn’t count on being taken seriously. But the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle thought it was a real story and reprinted it. He was less than amused when he found out it was a hoax.  The following year, Richards ran an announcement of upcoming camel races, and the Chronicle editor decided to turn the tables on the trickster and said he would be sending a team to compete in the races. The Virginia City editor scrambled to make his joke a reality, and the International Camel Races were born. Hollywood director John Huston was the first race on a camel borrowed from the San Francisco Zoo.  And the rest is history……this event is known all over the world and riders are made of a real organization called the International Order of Camel Jockeys. For additional information please visit or call 775-847-7500.

Phone Number: 775-847-7500