This Sept. 9, 10, and 11 Virginia City hosts the 57th annual International Camel and Ostrich Races at the Virginia City Fairgrounds on F Street.
Gates open at 10 a.m. and racing begins at noon daily. Parking is available throughout Virginia City for $5 and a free shuttle is provided. First come, first serve parking will be available at the fairgrounds for $10. Sunscreen and hats are recommended.
A family fun zone, with a rock climbing wall and trampolines along with food, drink, and retail vendors, will be on site and open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Virginia City officials expect an average of 3,000 attendees per day, totaling between 8,000 to 9,000 people across all three days of the event. Race visitors are expected to travel in from all over, with some tickets having been purchased up to a year in advance. Saturday’s general admission tickets have already sold out.
This is the second time the event is being held at the Virginia City Fairgrounds. Organizers plan to continue improvements in the coming years based on its success so far. The Camel and Ostrich Races are the third largest event in Virginia City. Businesses, like Grandma’s Fudge Factory, are expected to see a significant boost in business due to the family-friendly nature of the event.
Ticket prices start at $12 for adults and $8 for chldren under 12. To purchase tickets online visit www.visitvirginiacitynv.com