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Are you going to the camel races?

In This Nevada Town, Hump Day Has a Very Special Meaning
Half a Century of Camel Racing Produced Lots of Memories and Plenty of Bruises
Excerpts of article by By JIM CARLTON
VIRGINIA CITY, Nev.—Camels have a lot going for them. They're superior pack animals with exceptional desert-survival skills. And they have matchless style coming out of the gates at the International Camel Races.
"And they're off!" bellowed the announcer at a heat in the annual races here earlier this month. And they were, too. Three camels, off in three directions.


Asked by tasches at 6:25 PM on Sep. 22, 2010 in Travel

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  • I'm not, but it sounds interesting.

    Answer by sherribeare at 2:53 AM on Sep. 25, 2010


    There's much that isn't boring during the camel races held here for half a century. There are side attractions including the zebra races, the ostrich-drawn chariot races, the Camel Hump Ball and, this year, autograph signings by cast members, including James Drury, of the 1960s TV Western "The Virginian."

    But it's the dromedaries that make this the premier event among Virginia City's many annual attractions. This year's race drew about 4,500 spectators, 25% more than a year ago, and more than for the town's October World Championship Outhouse Races (privies on wheels) and the March Testicle Festival (a celebration of recipes for what are called lamb fries).

    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 6:27 PM on Sep. 22, 2010

  • What's the draw for spectators? "Camels are funny," says 39-year-old Chris Savage of Reno, standing by a pen as her four-year-old daughter stared up at a camel.

    And the camels are erratic. They often stop with no warning or change course. They're instinctively curious, too, halting to examine dirt clods below or spectators through the fence.

    Comment by tasches (original poster) at 6:28 PM on Sep. 22, 2010