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TITLE: 48th ANNUAL CAMEL RACES AT VIRGINIA CITY, NEVADA

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STORY SUMMARY:
Virginia City, Nev. (September 7, 2007) – The 48th Annual Virginia City International Camel Races brought hundreds of spectators back to the Old West this weekend as camels were raced in the event which started as a spoof almost 50 years ago. The tradition began when Bob Richards, former editor of Virginia City’s Territorial Enterprise, Nevada’s first newspaper, invented the story about racing camels out of boredom in 1957, only to cancel the event each year. That is until the then-fictional event intrigued film director John Houson, and editors from the San Francisco Chronicle, Phoenix Gazette and Indio newspapers who arrived in 1960 to participate. The event has been a smashing success ever since, drawing participants from around the globe.

In addition to camel races, the event also featured ostrich and emu races, all kinds of specialty acts and parades throughout the weekend. Anyone willing to get on and race a camel was allowed to participate. In fact, every year on the Friday before the event “Grudge Races” are held where members of the media can battle it out like they did at the first camel race in 1960.

Camels were first brought to Nevada by the army to work the Comstock load in 1856. In its heyday, Virginia City was the greatest and largest city in Nevada built on strikes of both silver and gold.

Currently the largest national historic monument in the United States, Virginia City is located only 16 miles south of Reno, Nevada. Visitors to Virginia City can tour the underground mines, visit numerous old saloons and even peek inside the once thriving opera house.
For more information on the event, visit: www.visitrenotahoe.com

FOOTAGE INCLUDES: Virginia City scenes, inlcuding parade, prior to the Camel Races. Camel Races.

SOUNDBITES:
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Gary Jackson, Nevada Camel Co. commenting on orgin of Camel Races.

PROVIDED BY: The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority
Contact: Nicole Shearer, Switchback PR + Marketing (530) 550-2252, nicole@switchbackpr.com

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