Chandler’s 2016 Ostrich Festival Lore and Festivities
Posted on March 3, 2016 8:54 AM
The City of Chandler is fortunate to have many annual traditions; however none are quite as well known as the annual Ostrich Festival. Festivities for the yearly spring event kick off this Saturday, March 5th with the Mayor's Ostrich Festival 5K Fun Run/Walk and followed by the annual Ostrich Festival Parade. The Festival itself takes place the following weekend, beginning on Friday, March 11th through Sunday, March 13th.
The 14th Annual Mayor's Ostrich Festival 5K Fun Run/Walk begins at 8:00am in Downtown Chandler, with a Health Fair being held from 6:00am-Noon, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. All runners and walkers are welcome to participate in the event. Registration is $25 until 6:00pm on Friday, March 4th and will be $30 on the day of the event.
The 28th Annual Ostrich Festival Parade takes place on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 10:00am. The parade route begins on Ray Road and Arizona Avenue, with the route traveling south to Chicago Street. The yearly parade features over one hundred entries including bands, dance teams, floats and dignitaries.
The 28th Annual Ostrich Festival will be held at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, from Friday, March 11, 2016 through Sunday, March 13, 2016. The nationally renowned festival features food, beer gardens, music, carnival rides, games, arts, crafts, and of course ostrich races. This year's event will also feature a petting zoo, pig races, camel and pony rides, and a sting ray exhibit where guests will be able to not only learn about the creatures but also get an opportunity to pet and feed them.
Interesting facts about Chandler's Ostrich Festival:
- The Ostrich Festival began in 1989 as a joint venture between the City of Chandler and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce in hopes to create a community based event for Chandler.
- The event was held in Downtown Chandler before expanding to the much larger Tumbleweed Park in 2004 in effort to accommodate more visitors and larger attractions.
- Over 200,000 visitors are expected to attend the 2016 festival.
- The festival was featured in the 1995 Whitney Houston film, Waiting to Exhale.
- The event was a setting for "Lover Boy", a Harlequin Romance.
- Dr. AJ Chandler owned one of the largest Ostrich herds in the valley.
- The ostrich is the largest living bird in the world.
- An ostrich can run at speeds of up to 40 mph.
- Ostrich burgers are available at the festival.
Admission to the festival for Adults - $10 + fees, Children - $7 (Children under the age of 5 are FREE) and VIP Tickets are available for $140; VIP Tickets include access to VIP Tent, 1 meal, 3 drink tickets, and 1 unlimited ride wristband.
For more information regarding any of the Ostrich Festival events, please contact the Chandler Chamber of Commerce at (480) 963-4571 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.