Crowds Flock to Texas State Fair to See Featured Ostrich Racing
Year after year, the State Fair tries to outdo itself, from Big Tex to the animal shows.
Sprinting pigs won fairgoers’ hearts in the 1980s and again in 2005 after a hiatus. Three years ago, the Amazing Dobermans entered the scene on a shiny motorcycle, unleashing their stunts at Pan American Arena.
This year, it’s the ostrich races that fans are flocking to see.
The African birds joined the lineup by chance. State Fair spokeswoman Sue Gooding was on vacation at the Kansas bed-and-breakfast owned by Joe Hedrick, the man behind the petting zoo and pig races at the fair. She saw photos of the racing ostriches at the inn and asked Hedrick about bringing them to Texas.
The farmer said yes. Gooding had to persuade her bosses.
“It took a while to convince people that yes, Dallas is ready for ostrich races, but we did it, and they’re here,” Gooding said.