Chandler to celebrate 30 years of the Ostrich Festival SanTan Sun News

Chandler to celebrate 30 years of the Ostrich Festival

March 5th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
Chandler to celebrate 30 years of the Ostrich Festival

By SAM HUANG Contributor

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce is bringing the celebration of the ostrich to you at the 30th Annual Ostrich Festival.

More than 100,000 visitors are expected during this three-day extravaganza taking place March 9-11 at Tumbleweed Park, located at the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads.


Chandler’s ostrich ranching heritage dates back to the early 20th century.When the industry was no longer successful, a group of residents wanted to keep the history alive by creating the Chandler Ostrich Festival. It has been a tradition since 1988 and continues to be a premier community event.

On March 3, the celebration kicks off with the Mayor’s 5K Fun Run at 8:15 a.m. along Arizona Avenue in downtown Chandler. For registration information:

Runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to participate and will receive a participation medal. A variety of health vendors will be available to discuss anything from eating healthy to fitness.

After the Mayor’s Fun Run, bring a blanket or lawn chair and take a seat along Arizona Avenue between Ray and Frye roads to enjoy the ostrich-themed parade starting at 10 a.m.

The energetic procession of 100 entries includes bands, floats, dancers and classic cars. After enjoying the parade, step back in time and admire some automotive history at the Classic Car show located at 250 E. Chicago St.

The Public Safety fair, hosted by Chandler Police and Fire departments, also will take place. Spectators will enjoy demonstrations with the K-9 Unit and Tactical Robot Unit, displays of fire apparatus and vehicles, a free child-fingerprinting ID clinic and a special appearance from McGruff the Crime Dog. Bring the whole family and enjoy these free events.

The Ostrich Festival begins the following weekend starting on March 9 at 2 p.m. During the three-day event, visitors can enjoy carnival rides, food and entertainment for all ages, along with a petting zoo and the popular ostrich races.

Some of the new attractions include the “Turbo” ride, which takes people for a 70-mph spin at the end of a whirling arm 120 feet in the air, Paw Patrol Meet & Greet, Trolls, and Sherlock Gnomes. Returning attractions include the STEM tent, Dock Dogs, Mango and Dango performers and Pirates of the Colombian Caribbean high-wire act.

Exhibitors also will showcase arts and crafts available for sale. Get your dancing shoes on and enjoy the main stage lineup including Kool & the Gang, John Michael Montgomery and The Beach Boys.

Discounted general admission tickets, family packs, and unlimited ride wristbands can be purchased at all statewide Bashas’ Supermarkets and Food City locations.

Regular price tickets are available at Those tickets are $15 for adults; seniors ages 55 and older and children ages 12 and under are $8; and children under age five get in free.

Admission includes access to all concerts. Parking is $5 per car and $3 per motorcycle. For additional information contact the Ostrich Festival Hotline at 480-588-8497.

I want to thank the Chandler Chamber of Commerce and all the generous sponsors as well as all the vendors, participants and volunteers dedicated to the success of these fun-filled events.

Whether it’s the Mayor’s Fun Run, Classic Car Show, Public Safety Fair or the Ostrich Festival itself, join the community in celebrating Chandler’s ostrich heritage.

Sam Huang is a member of the Chandler City Council.

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