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Camel Races commence on Sept. 9
by Tribune Staff
Aug 28, 2011 | 713 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
VIRGINIA CITY — Camels, ostriches (and perhaps other exotic species still largely legendary) will compete for glory and bragging rights in historic Virginia City next month.

The 52nd Annual Virginia City International Camel Races will trudge and trample the Silverland Arena Sept. 9 through 11 in the heart of the fabled Comstock Lode.

Camel jockeys from as far away as sister city Alice Springs, Australia, are expected, along with local lovers of ostrich feathers and dromedary sweat.

Advance reservations are recommended for those wishing to stay the weekend. See

Tickets can be reserved by calling the Virginia City Convention and Tourism Authority at 1-800-718-7587 or locally at 775-847-4386; e-mail

Daily adult tickets are $12 or $8 each for children five to 12, seniors 62-plus and active duty military personnel. Children age 4 and under are admitted free of charge. A family pack is available for $30 which covers daily admission for two adults and two youngsters.

A limited number of VIP packages, which include food and beverages under the VIP tent, may be purchased for $40 per day. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Activities commence with a jockey party at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8. Friday is media day with races starting at 1 p.m. The Camel Parade and extravaganza begins at noon with racing again commencing at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10. On Sunday, final competition begins at noon.
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