Come and watch the entertaining camel and ostrich races.
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When was the last time you witnessed a camel or ostrich race? If you haven’t yet experienced it, you must make it a point to attend this hilarious and unpredictable event. A Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival tradition for years, camel and ostrich races continue to captivate audiences with their crazy riders and unexpected animal behavior.
Did you know that the ostrich is the largest bird on earth today and the only two-toed bird on earth? African natives use ostrich eggs as canteens! Don’t believe the myth that ostriches stick their heads in the sand when frightened. One fact, however, that is true, is this birds’ ability to run at very high speeds in excess of 40 MPH. At that speed, it’s a good thing that ostriches have excellent eyesight, and it makes for more excitement at the races!
Camels are fun to watch too, but they have more important uses to Bedouin people, who say that the camel gives the local tribesman his mobility as well as his beast of burden. He can ride it to his date garden, to a distant market, a port – or for fun, such as in the traditional races. Races are free with admission.