21st Annual Chandler Ostrich Festival March 13-15, 2009

chandler-ostrich-festivalYes, the 21st Chandler Ostrich Festival is ramping up and this year will even include a sea lion show.  How wonderfully random is that?  In the heart of the desert…we will have sea lions and ostriches.  You gotta love Chandler!

What is an Ostrich Festival and why do we have one in Chandler?  I guess it really doesn’t matter…I mean, it’s a festival, right?  There will be rides and food and entertainment and food and arts and crafts and…yes, food.  Nothing like festival food to draw a crowd.  An estimated 70,000 people attend this event each year. 

The event will start off March 7th with the Ostrich Festival Parade.  I was trying to show a home on the parade route last year.  Not a good idea.  The parade will start at 10:00 am at Ray Rd and Arizona Avenue;  proceeding South on Arizona Avenue to Chicago Street.  Clowns, floats, marching bands…and ostriches?  I don’t know if the ostriches will be marching.  Have to wait and see on that one.

There will be an ostrich race, arts and crafts, a demolition derby and live music.  And food.

However, it’s the food at the festival that has me a little perplexed.  This is a festival celebrating the ostrich, the worlds largest bird.  So, not only will we be racing them…we’ll be eating them.  That just seems a little weird to me.  There will be ostrich burgers, ostrich jerky and emu eggs.  Do you think they use the food to get the race started?  Waving a burger in front of the birds…do you think they run in the other direction?  Do you think the birds recognize the ostrich jerky saying …”Hey, doesn’t that look like uncle Fred?” 

Maybe it’s just me but I have a hard time looking into the eyes of the creature I’m eating.  But then I could never pick out a lobster to boil either.  Heck, we took the grand boys fishing this summer and I cried when we took the fish off Brennan’s hook.  There was no way I was going to eat that little fish that had taken it’s last breath looking at me. 

So…I guess I’ll stick to the corn dogs.

For more information about the festival, visit www.ostrichfestival.com


  1. Haha great article.. I wonder if they will be borrowing ostriches from the Ostrich Farm near Picacho Peak to march in the parade.

  2. That must be where they come from. I haven’t seen any other ostriches walking around Chandler!