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Virginia City, Nevada, located just 35 miles from downtown Reno, is known around the world for two things: its authentic history and its quirky, outlandish special events. This year is no different as the town’s 2016 special events calendar includes fan favorites such as the International Camel & Ostrich Races, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Fry and several parades as well as a brand new event, a western rodeo in September.

“These special events do a lot to bring visitors from all over the world to our town,” Deny Dotson, tourism director for the Virginia City Tourism Commission, said. “Our goal is to bring folks here, let them experience a little of what we have to offer with a fun event and a good time, but ultimately draw them back with our history, authenticity and the experience of stepping back in time.”

Memorial weekend through October is the busiest season in Virginia City with special events happening nearly every weekend. Below are a few highlights.

57th Annual International Camel & Ostrich Races, Sept. 9-11, noon – 3 p.m.

Each year, jockeys maneuver camels, ostriches and zebras as they race around the track at the Virginia City Arena & Fairgrounds. All the while thousands of spectators are cheering and laughing wondering if the jockeys will cross the finish line. After the races, join the Camel Hump to C Street where thirsty camels have been known to duck into a bar or two.

The Way It Was Rodeo, Sept. 17 -18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

All NEW, The Way It Was Rodeo delivers an authentic western rodeo to the historic town. Flying U Rodeo, headed by rodeo legend Cotton Rosser, brings a weekend of extreme bronc riding, trick roping, barrel racing, mutton bustin' and more.

Street Vibrations Fall Rally, Sept. 24

Music, metal and motorcycles fill the streets of Virginia City during the town’s largest event. There’s nothing quite like it and is the place for riders to feel the rumble.

27th Annual World Championship Outhouse Races, Oct. 3-4, noon – 4 p.m.

This hysterical Comstock tradition dates back to the day when outdoor plumbing was outlawed and angry residents took their outhouses to the streets. Teams of three are pitted against each other in an all-out potty race! Returning this year is the Undie Run Relay, an all fun relay race for those brave enough to sport undies.


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