Tall Tales

The International Camel and Ostrich Races have been part of the tradition and history of Virginia City for more than 50 years. It all began when a local newspaper editor, Bob Richards of the Territorial Enterprise, put out a challenge to other local papers to enter their camel in a race that would be held down the main street of Virginia City (Museum of Hoaxes).

The Enterprise was known for telling tall tales and the challenge was not taken seriously. However, when the San Francisco Chronicle got wind of such an unusual race, they dared to call Richards’ bluff and showed up with camels. Others followed suit. And the International Camel and Ostrich Races were born.

This is one unusual event you definitely need to see! Gates open each day at 10:00am and races begin at high noon.