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International Camel Races 60th in VIRGINIA CITY, NV

Date 09/06/2019 to 09/08/2019
Promoter Liquid Blue Events
Event Name International Camel Races 60th
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Event Location Silverland Camel Arena
Craftmaster Codes $220+,10X10+,A,AC,CL,DB,DM,E,F,JY,CMR
3,000 ATTN,PWR $100,OS,INS,NS,DL 8/24
25 BTHS, 12-3pm
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Additional Info In true Virginia City spirit, the Camel Races began as a hoax. Camels were introduced to the American frontier as pack animals, and were brought to the Comstock to carry salt and general supplies. As Virginia City grew and the V&T Railroad took over the drayage chores for the area, the sometimes disagreeable and smelly animals were turned loose in the hills, and eventually disappeared. Bob Richards, late editor of Lucius Beebe's "Territorial Enterprise," wrote a fictitious account of the city's "Camel Races" in 1959, and followed up the next year with an editorial announcement of the upcoming races. Local residents, wise to this form of humor which dates back to the tall tales of Mark Twain and Dan DeQuille, early "Enterprise" reporters, watched the first real race that year.
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