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Feb. 17, 2017

Chandler Ostrich Festival Celebrates Chandler’s Heritage

By Councilmember Mark Stewart

The 29th Annual Chandler Chamber of Commerce Ostrich Festival is right around the corner. This three-day event will be take place March 10-12 at Tumbleweed Park, located at the southwest corner of Germann and McQueen roads. The festival continues to grow, drawing in more than 100,000 visitors of all ages, and offering something for everyone. 

This community event celebrates Chandler’s ostrich ranching heritage. At one time, Dr. A. J. Chandler had the largest ostrich farm in the country. In 1920, top quality ostrich feathers were in great demand for women’s clothing. Over time, feathers went out of style and the industry soon went away. More than 25 years ago, a group of residents wanting to celebrate that history, created the Chandler Ostrich Festival, and it continues to be a premier event for the community.

The celebration kicks off on Saturday, March 4, along Arizona Avenue in downtown Chandler, with the Mayor’s 5k Fun Run at 8:15 a.m. followed by the Ostrich Parade at 10 a.m. The Chandler Police and Fire, Health and Medical departments will host the annual Public Safety Fair from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be free child fingerprinting, displays of fire apparatus and vehicles and demonstrations with the K-9 and Tactical Robot units. For the car lovers out there, beginning at 10 a.m., the Chandler Classic Car Show is celebrating its fourteenth year and will join these events throughout the downtown area.

The following weekend, Tumbleweed Park will transform into our city’s largest community festival. As always, there will be rides, entertainment, food, and of course ostriches. Top-rate musical acts include the Gin Blossoms, Spin Doctors, Eddie Money, Starship, and Los Lobos. More than 100 exhibitors will showcase arts and crafts available for sale. New attractions this year include a high dive acrobatic stunt team, i-Flip aerial acrobatics, STEM Wild Science attraction and a drone zone. The Rhinestone Roper and his trick horse, Lucky Joe, will thrill audiences with their award winning trick roping, knife throwing, and gun spinning. 

This event would not be possible without the hundreds of dedicated volunteers, and a committee that works year-round to ensure the best entertainment and experience is enjoyed by all. There are many opportunities to become involved. Visit ostrichfestival.com to learn how. The most important ingredient is you!

Chandler is proud to partner with the Chamber of Commerce on the Ostrich Festival. The proceeds support the critical services and programs provided by the Chamber in assisting local businesses. 
 
Admission starts at $10 and discount tickets can be purchased at any Fry’s grocery store. Parking will be available around the park for a nominal fee. 

Gather your family and friends for a weekend of fun! Information on all events can be found at ostrichfestival.com or by calling the 480 588-8497.