We mentioned earlier that we went to the local Ostrich Festival. I have no idea if they have this sort of occasion in other states, but essentially it's a festival centered around ostriches, totally normal right? A long time ago (okay, not that long) when I was a wee one, it was on a little street corner in downtown Chandler, but now it's a big to-do at a local park (it's also more expensive- boo!).
We'd never been (even though we'd heard of it and knew what it was), but some of our good friends invited us, and, lemme tell ya, we are always down for an adventure, hubband and me.
On our way
OH the anticipation of fun!
No, no, that's not product placement, it's just walking-photography.
Upon arrival, our friends told us to meet them at the back of the festival for the ostrich races. No, you didn't read that wrong. We said ostrich races.
We, of course, enjoyed the
sights smells along the way. This festival had a better food selection that the state fair!
We are just. So very, very sorry about this.
We made it to the race-site, which was packed!
Ah, those, double-chinned-no-room-for-the-camera-squishing-my-face kinda pictures.
With sweet Miranda
Waiting in the stands, we watched the pre-race events. This was legit people.
The rodeo queen came by with the flag even, and of course, ceremonious playing of
the national anthem "If the American Flag Could Speak" by the Richardson Community Band? Again, totally normal.
Our announcer, or rather, ring leader? He actually quite funny.
Anyways. Without further ado, we present a heartfelt montage of the ostrich races!
So, in between THAT little-bit-o-crazy, they had kids coming down and doing little challenges. In this one, they had to
chase herd emus into their pens, which was totally adorable + hilarious.
I promise torturing small animals and children are not the only Arizona past times, but I mean, come on, the desert does leave quite a bit of room for creativity, no?
Ostriches having been raced and children having been exhausted, the gang headed off to, where else?! The petting zoo! Proof that kids never grow up!
Check out this hairy beast. Literally.
How about them... antlers? Okay, bad joke, but these are some cur-az-y horned guys.
Not to offend, but this guy was MASSIVE!
Another big guy.
I couldn't help myself- more babies! So cute!
Cute/shock meter filled, we left for a Ferris wheel ride.
(I know, I know, gag ;) )
friend Miranda + hubby friend Bryce = adorableawesometacular. Yeap, that just happened.
Enjoying that view from the top.
That's just too many rules. Some of which may, or may not have been broken while we rode.
After the Ferris wheel, we walked around a bit, trying to ignore the smells amidst our hunger pains while waiting to meet more friends at Chipotle, and finally it was time to head out.
It was a silly afternoon/evening out, but we had so much fun, weird and all.
Plus this view.
Totally normal, right?