Weddings are one of the world’s most extravagant events. Each will vary in size and theme, based on culture, religious beliefs and expenses. But there is one common link to these celebrations, being that the bride and groom are the focal point of this grand affair.
It is the bride that traditionally remains unseen before the ceremony. And depending on the culture and order of the wedding party, it is the groom that will then make his way to the alter, and sometimes do it aboard a camel.
And just as the bride and groom, camels can also come in pairs, which enables husband and wife to parade side by side.
Prior to the mid nineteenth century, brides wore gowns of any color. Things soon changed thereafter, with white, the symbol of purity and innocence, becoming the premiere choice for modern brides.
Today, you wear a color other than white and you are “non-traditional”.
White is the long flowing gown and veil, and even the pale bouquet she carries in her hand.
White is the wedding cake and fixtures, as well as the animals for viewing in the wedding farm.
Live animals displays have become more common, as it allows newlyweds to add something a little different, while still remaining traditional. White sheep and goats transition from barnyard dwellers to wedding props, with a color that fits the scheme. Throw in white chickens, ducks and rabbits, and even a pale miniature cow, and the setting is nearly complete.
With soon-to-be husbands appearing in a black tuxedos at most traditional weddings, the Zebra instantly symbolizes the union of bride and groom. Beautifully groomed and displayed, these stripes instantly adorn wedding photographs and become a conversation piece for guests.
Planning a wedding is tedious, with most preparation beginning at least a year in advance. So when planning yours, consider detailing it with animals, and allow these four-legged fixtures to crash your party.
For more than 30 years, Giddy Up Ranch has provided animals to public and private schools across Southern California. It is a hands-on education, as students get the opportunity to experience critters they have only read about in storybooks or saw on television and motion pictures. It is a mobile field trip, which allows us to bring animals to your campus, instead of the institutions incurring the high cost of transporting children to outside venues. With animals displayed onsite, it also ensures full student participation, instead of allowing only an allotted few.
Institutes of higher learning have asked us to provide small animals for stress release before final exams, as well as a larger variety of exotics for student film productions and themed festivals.
For more than 30 years, we have proudly educated those in urban areas, teaching the difference between sheep and goats, llamas and alpacas, and ducks and geese. In many cases, that is more than 3 decades of repeat visits to the same institution. And when you put that in perspective, it means a child from the past may now have children of their own. Those children now experience the same barnyard sights and sounds as their parents once did—-with it all provided by the same service.
At Giddy Up ranch, it is more than just establishing partnerships with schools throughout Southern California. We can proudly say that in those 30 years we have also established traditions.
Giddy Up Ranch will proudly be participating in the Riverside County Fair and Date Festival. This event is based in Indio, CA, beginning February 15 and ending on the 24th. Our services will include Camel rides and pony rides for fair patrons.
The Festival is celebrating its 73rd year, and also features a variety of food, musicians and other attractions. Bring the whole family and spend the day with us. Check the fair’s website for times and other information. You can also visit our website to keep track of weekly and upcoming events.
Llamas have slowly become the next big thing in the animal world, with several things contributing to its rise. These South American Natives, which were early pack animals for the Incas, have transformed from mountain laborers to the furry and lovable centerpieces for baby showers, weddings and so much more.
Thanks to animated classics like “The Emperor’s New Groove”, the cult-like following of “Napoleon Dynamite“, and the children’s book “Llama Llama red pajama”, the Llama is more identifiable today than it was 20 years ago. Today it is a petting zoo star, instantly capturing the attention of party guests, as it has surprisingly become one of the main attractions on display.
In the above photo, we have a llama being used as a prank, with the family believing he was a Christmas gift being delivered. But not all pranks go as planned, with the recipients instantly falling in love and welcoming the new addition to the family. Sadly, I had to break the bad news to the happy couple that was already planning a sleeping area for their new pet. Our lovely llamas are not for sale, but are always available for rent.
While we are always searching for new locations to serve you, here’s a quick reminder that we have maintained a longstanding presence at two current markets.
Monrovia Street Fair
We have been a steady fixture at this San Gabriel Valley street fair for more than a year now. You can find our setup on the corner of Myrtle and Colorado, adjacent to the Wells Fargo. What makes Monrovia unique is that the attractions are unlimited. You can join us there for pony rides, camel rides and a full petting zoo.
The Market officially opens at 5:00 pm every Friday, and currently runs till 9:00 pm. But you will find us open for business even earlier, as we are ready to go as soon as our setup is complete.
Surf City Nights
As the temperature dropped, we vacated this Huntington Beach street fair in December. But we will be making a return on Tuesday, April 3rd, so beach-goers can once again enjoy our adorable petting zoo.
Our location within the fair has moved. So if you were used to finding us in from of the Post Office on the corner of Main and Olive, you can now find us across from Baskin Robbins. If you’re having any trouble finding our location, just follow your nose. I’m sure it will lead you right to us.
The Surf City Nights Street Fair runs from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm every Tuesday. But just as it is in Monrovia, we are open for business as soon as the fences go up.