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Family Fun at The International Camel and Ostrich Races in Virginia City

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Image Credit: www.visitrenotahoe.com

If you haven’t yet been to the International Camel and Ostrich Races in Virginia City yet, you totally need to plan to pack up the kids and head up the mountain.

The first time I saw grown men racing ostriches, I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in my life. This is a FUNNY and highly entertaining event, and something the kids will get a HUGE kick out of. Where else but the Reno area could you have such a uniquely random event?!

We asked Amy Demuth of RAD Strategies Inc. for Virginia City Tourism Commission and Ashton Sunseri, Community Outreach Coordinator at Dolan Auto Group some questions about the event, which will be September 9 – 11, 2016.

Better yet, our community partner, Dolan Auto Group, will be giving away a family 4 pack of VIP tickets on Reno Moms Blog next week, so stay tuned!


Q: Tell us a little about The International Camel and Ostrich Races.

This event is a 57-year tradition in Virginia City and it’s definitely a worthwhile experience. Professional jockeys and sometimes amateurs race camels, ostriches and zebras around the track and you never know what might happen. It’s a lively, fun atmosphere with all kinds of family-friendly activities going on inside the fairgrounds, and of course Virginia City is a fun family experience any time.

Q: Why would moms be interested in this event?

It’s something different for parents to do with their kids. Where else do you have the opportunity to see these animals up close and personal and even get the chance to ride camel? Sunday, Sept. 11 is Dolan Family Day and thanks to our great partners, Dolan Automotive Group, the first 100 kids in line to ride a camel get to ride for free.

Q: What activities are available to families?

Of course animals are fun for the kids to see, plus there’s chicken and emu races where kids from the audience get involved. There’s a family fun zone, which is improved this year with a rock climbing wall, tons of vendors and lots of great activities. That’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. so there’s time before and after the races to check it out. Overall it’s a great event for families with kids to experience new things.

Q: Where can people find out more about the event?

VCCamelRaces.com has all the details.


Event Details:

Dates: September 9 – 11, 2016

Times: 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily, racing is noon to 2:30, approximately

Location: Virginia City Arena & Fairgrounds, Virginia City



About Lynnette Bellin

Lynnette Bellin
Lynnette Bellin is the former owner and site manager of the Reno Moms Blog. She is a married mother of a teenage daughter and a highly energetic tween boy. Lynnette moved to Reno in 2001 after choosing to live in a place that she loved for its natural beauty. She has written four children's books, including The Kindness Ninja and a series of three books called Adeline’s Magical Moments Collection. She has been obsessed with blogging since 2002. Lynnette loves to experience outdoor adventures in our area, including skiing, hiking, camping, and open water swimming. She spends her days working from home for a NYC ad agency and shuttling kids to dance, lacrosse and basketball.

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