VIRGINIA CITY – In addition to celebrating Nevada’s mining history, Virginia City is known for its quirky special events, which draw tourists from around the globe to the historic mountain town and revenues to locally-owned small businesses.
But this year amidst pandemic-related health concerns town officials have been forced to cancel a number of events.
“These events are not only important to our fans and community, but they are paramount to the economy of the town and the success of the many locally-owned businesses,” tourism officials said in a statement. “Because of that, the decision to cancel signature events is much more difficult to make.”
What’s canceled? For starters, the International Camel & Ostrich Races, along with these others:
- Fiesta Days, formally the Virginia City Rodeo and Fiesta de Charro
- Civil War Days
- Labor Day Parade
- World Championship Outhouse Races
- Chili on the Comstock
- Day Out with Thomas on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad
Other events, which can be hosted in accordance with the governor’s health and safety guidelines, are still on the calendar. Those include:
- Great American Craft Faire at the Silverland Inn & Suites, Aug. 8 – 9
- Ferrari Hill Climb, Sept. 19 – 20
- Street Vibrations, Sept. 25 – 27
- Virginia City Grand Prix, Oct. 17 – 18
- Veterans Day Cruise, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.
Despite these cancellations, Virginia City’s tours, attractions, and businesses are open following state guidelines. That means masks are required. For information on businesses that will be open or current information on all events is available online at VisitVirginiaCityNV.com.