CHANDLER — R&B star Nelly is set to headline the second week of the 32nd annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival.

The Ostrich Festival will take place over two weekend — March 11 to 13 and March 17 to 20 — in Chandler's Tumbleweed Park.

Three-time Grammy Award winner Nelly will take the stage on March 19.

"We are very excited to have multi-talented star, Nelly perform the second weekend of the 32nd annual Ostrich Festival," President and CEO of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, Terri Kimble said in a press release.

Nelly is a rap superstar, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and actor who has ben performing since 2000 with his distinctive vocals and larger-than-life personality, the press release said.

Over the past 20 years, he has released hit singles including, among others:

  • “Hot in Herre,” “Dilemma," featuring Kelly Rowland,
  • “Country Grammar,”
  • “Ride Wit Me,”
  • “Just a Dream,”
  • “Cruise,” with Florida Georgia Line,
  • “The Fix,”
  • “Millionaire.”

He is ranked as the fourth best-selling rap artist in American music history by the Recording Industry Association of America. Over the years, he has sold 21 million albums sold in the United States, according to the press release.

In 2009, Billboard ranked Nelly the number three Top Artist of the Decade.

Nelly will be one of several performing artists to take the stage during the annual festival.

Festival organizers announced previously that Grammy-nominated country star Walker Hayes will perform on March 12. More artists to be announced soon.

"We can’t wait to announce the additional entertainment as this is our biggest lineup to date. With two full weekends of the Ostrich Festival, we promise to provide a diverse group of headliners everyone will enjoy,” Kimble said.

Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival is a family-friendly event featuring national and regional musical entertainment, attractions, more than 50 carnival rides, a wide variety of food and curated art vendors.

While it's a relatively new event in Chandler's history, it was created as a tribute to the city's colorful early history of ostrich ranching, which included raising the birds in the city limits, the festival webpage said.

This year is the first time in the event's history that the festival will take place over two weekends.

Tickets for the 32nd annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival are on sale at OstrichFestival.com.

Limited advance tickets will start at $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under, and children three and under will be admitted to the festival free of charge. Pricing for ride passes and family packs will be available for purchase at a later date.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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