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Old 20th March 2007, 12:49   #1 (permalink)
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Smile camel wrestling and the oil wrestling

does anyone know when this takes place, i have a feeling the oil one is in the summer,but im not too sure if we were in turkey i would love to see this,the camel wrestling i think is early spring but i cant rightly remember, cheers
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Re: camel wrestling and the oil wrestling

Hi Turkish belly dancer ! Think camel wrestling is finished now.The last one I saw advertised was in Ortakent Bodrum about 2 weeks ago. They were lots of camels in their bejewelled coats and bridles in Turgutreis outside the town hall a couple of Saturdays ago. Think maybe the camels were for sale or something.
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Re: camel wrestling and the oil wrestling

It takes place about November time here in Kus.
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Re: camel wrestling and the oil wrestling

The camel wrestling happened in Yalikavak a few weeks ago. İ found it quite an experience - especially as they all looked rabied with frothing mouths. Then someone told us that's caused by drinking beer!!! (İ AM talking about the camels here )

All in all the camels did not seem exploited and as soon as one of them 'submits' the action is stopped before real injury happens. But İ was angry to see a case of a reluctant camel being beaten with a stick to fight a camel it obviously was afraid of and it ended up getting a nasty bıte off it and it took some doing to get the victor off the poor thing. But that was a one-off.

The camels are usually dressed up to the nines and look very full of themselves. But you need to be nifty on your feet when passing close as they are tied up fairly close and get a bit mischevious.
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Re: camel wrestling and the oil wrestling

i am sure that is the one i swapped my missus for. did try to get two camels but had to settle for one and a crate of efes
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Re: camel wrestling

CAMEL WRESTLING

The Selcuk Camel Wrestling Festival is held annually in January, usually the Sunday around the 20th. The festival coincides with the Camels' breeding season (the reason they compete: for females) and thus is not seen at any other time of the year.

In 2000 it was relocated to a special field near Pamucak Beach. It is no longer held in the ruined Stadium at Ephesus for archeological reasons.There are abundant buses from Selcuk Bus station: about ~10 minutes' drive and then a 10 minute walk. The admission is usually around US$3-4.

The action starts around late morning but the crowds arrive earlier for a choice of view. For any kind of good seat the earlier you go the more choice of seat location. It is filling up briskly even at 9 am. Even if it is sunny and bright, it will probably also be muddy and cold (it is mid-winter after all). It may even rain. Attendees are urged to prepare for all of these with very warm clothing and umbrellas.

SEATING: "First in, best dressed" basis; NO reservations or seats provided. It's a flat field with "ring side" areas and a HILL SLOPE which acts like a natural "grand stand". Presume you will be sitting on cold mud or wet grass. A minimum of a LARGE garbage bag and a collapsed cardboard carton / thick newspaper should be taken to sit on. Turks picnic and take barbecues, tables, chairs - everything to "make a day of it". Snacks and hot food are sold but, like at all sporting events all over the world, are expensive and not great, so consider some kind of picnic. No film for sale - take adequate supplies.
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