by Jane St. Clair
Once this cowboy-hippie moseyed into town riding an ostrich. Everyone in Arizona thought the hombre was nuts but nevertheless, the stranger went about convincing people that ostriches were better than cattle and horses.
–your average Big O can run 42 miles an hour.
Their meat is better for you than beef. It is so lean that it ain’t going to give you a cardiac any time soon. Ostrich eggs are so big that you need an hour to hard-boil them.Finally ostriches are feed-efficient, so let’s hear it for saving the environment!
While we still have more cattle than ostrich in Arizona, we do have an annual Ostrich Festival every March taking place at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler, Arizona. The big event is the Great Ostrich Race.
This is Green Eggs and Ham racing Yellow Submarine, Red Roaster and Blue Plate Special.
After you have gotten so excited and so revved up from watching the pig races, you now can watch two different kinds of big bird races.
The second race is a Ben Hur event!
In this race the riders dress like gladiators and their rides are pulling chariots! Amazing!
So far there are still more cowboys than ostrich-boys in Arizona, and more people still go to rodeo than to the Ostrich Races, but give ‘er time, as the ostrich-boys say. One of these days Arizona will be the home of ostriches everywhere! Go Big O, we love you!
For more information on the Ostrich Festival, see
To visit a working Big O ranch, try the website of the Rooster Cogburn Ranch