ANYONE interested in doing something different this Australia Day can do just that, thanks to the Kiama Show.
This is a truly unique event and already attracting great interest.
Lionel Keegan from Southern Cross Camel Farm said camel racing was becoming increasingly popular.
"We have been doing the circuit for many years and have been to shows at Albion Park, Dapto and Camden and have always been well received," Mr Keegan said.
"We have 16 camels on our property and hand-pick the five for each show, depending on whether the riders will be experienced or not - we usually take fairly lively ones to Camden as there are some really experienced riders down there."
"But in this case we think it will be fairly casual, so will probably be bringing 'less competitive' camels to Kiama."
Kiama Show Society is inviting businesses, organisations and individuals to be involved in sponsoring a race, a rider or the entire event.
There will be five races, plus the final later in the day, and each race consists of five competing camels.
In the final, individuals will compete to be the Camel Racing King of Kiama.
Nominations are already coming in for the races, with Kiama Leagues Club staff already booking five spots, while Kiama Lions Club president Jerry Granger-Holcombe, Curves Kiama manager Robyn Smith and Gerringong's Tracey Sullivan have also become involved.
"We saw the event advertised and thought it looked like fun, so my husband bought me a spot for my birthday," Mrs Sullivan said.
"I always thought I would like to be a jockey, but never thought it would be on a camel."
Sponsorship begins at $100 and sponsors will be given the opportunity to be interviewed by the race caller. Competitors are invited to dress up for their race and promote their business or organisation.
Anyone interested in being involved should contact the Kiama Show Society secretary on 4233 1597.