The traditional Camel Wrestling Festival takes place in Selcuk, the third Sunday of January since 1982. The camelwrestling is a sport surprising, unexpected and spectacular. It’s also a festive, colorful, friendly and popular, which brings together several thousand people to Selcuk for fun and picnic. The challenge takes place between two of these large charismatic animals with two humps. Both contestants are thrown into the arena and compete for a few minutes but no scene of blood though.
Camel Fighting is part of traditional Turkish nomadic culture, especially in the Aegean region. The first of its kind was organized about two centuriesago in the province of Aydın.