We feel so blessed to visit so many places, we have attended every kind of festival across the country. We have eaten every kind of food and watched everything from "Old Faithful" to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival, but..... none of them have been as unusual as today. :-)
We are in Virginia City Nevada attending the annual International Camel Races.
The town is such a cool place to visit, I took so many pictures and videos I will have to do two updates for this area. Here is a paste of information about the races.
"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. The San Francisco "Chronicle" took up the challenge thrown down by Richards; and movie director John Huston charged to victory in that first race on a camel borrowed from the San Francisco Zoo. In 1962, Ostrich Races were added to the event, and in 1987 Virginia City took the competition to its sister city, Alice Springs, Australia, and added "International" to the title."
I am adding a lot of photos and one video of each race. They had several races. It was hilarious to watch and I hope you enjoy the videos and photos. See next update for photos around the awesome town of Virginia City. This is one of our favorite places and we highly recommend it to everyone.