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Chandler’s 29th annual Ostrich Festival set for next weekend

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PHOENIX — Chandler’s annual Ostrich Festival kicks off its 29th season next weekend at Tumbleweed Park.

The festival near McQueen Road and Pioneer Parkway begins March 10 and runs all weekend from 2 p.m. until midnight.


The festival’s many entertainment attractions include animal races, dog agility shows, aerial shows, story re-enactments and several rides.

The popular ostrich race features professional riders sitting atop the birds bareback. Races with other animals such as camels, zebras, emus were also scheduled, along with the pig and ostrich races.

Several bands and artists such as Tempe’s Gin Blossoms, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Eddie Money and Spin Doctors were also set to perform in the evening hours of the three-day festival.

According to the City of Chandler’s website, the event has been around for almost 30 years, attracting more than 250,000 guests each spring.

The festival’s kickoff events begin downtown Saturday with parades, shows, marathons and more.

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