International Camel & Ostrich Races Returns to Virginia City
Races take place at the new Virginia City Arena and Fairgrounds.
Historic Virginia City’s biggest annual event of the year is all new for 2015. Having outgrown its current venue, the 56th annual International Camel and Ostrich Races, presented by Dolan Auto Group, is moving to the new Virginia City Arena & Fairgrounds in Virginia City, Sept. 11-13.
“We had a lot of good years in our old location, but it really wasn’t ideal for future growth and even safety concerns,” says Deny Dotson, tourism director for Virginia City Tourism Commission. “With the increased demand we’ve seen in recent years, we knew we needed to look toward the future. This new venue is much larger and it’s flat—something that’s hard to come by in this town. Our goal is to ensure a great day of camel, ostrich and zebra racing for all our attendees.”
The Virginia City Arena and Fairgrounds is located three blocks south-east of the main C Street on F Street on a flat 15-acre parcel. The new venue features more accessibility, ease of access for attendees, better and more parking options, more racing value with a circular arena versus the horseshoe previously used, as well as improved access for strollers and people with disabilities.
Tickets prices are as follows: General admission is $15 for Friday and Sunday and $18 on Saturday; VIP admission is $40 for Friday and Sunday and $50 on Saturday.
Additionally, in-arena tickets are available for $25 for Friday and Sunday and $30 for Saturday. For groups, Cabanas are located right at the arena and pricing is $2,000 Friday and Sunday, and $2,500 for Saturday.
Tickets for the event are now on sale and can be purchased online at VCCamelRaces.com, where seating options and the venue layout are also available.
For more information on Virginia City, Nev. visit VisitVirginiaCityNV.com or call the Virginia City Tourism Commission (VCTC) at 775-847-7500.