And I was going to to be sponsered by PETA this year.... Some light harted news. Castle Rock, Colorado-AP -- So much for the ostrich races. Next week's Rocky Mountain Ostrich Festival has been canceled. That's because the race course is being used as a fire command center. A Douglas County spokesman says they have no idea how long the U-S Forest Service will need the fairgrounds. The fairgrounds are currently home to 15-hundred firefighters battling the huge blaze southwest of Denver. In normal years, the festival includes ostrich races, an ostrich parade, and a carnival. Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.