Saturday, October 7th

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Mark your calendars for OCTOBER 7, 2017 for a FUN, FALL FAMILY CELEBRATION known as OZtoberFEST!  Join us in downtown Wamego for a variety of activities including our OZ Costume Contest, Classic Car Show, Munchkinland, Tin Man's Garage, and much, much more. 


OCTOBER 7 and 8: Unprecedented “special guest” highlight this year!


OCTOBER 5 - 7: Join us for the Columbian Theatre for the OZtoberFest Murder Mystery.








OZsome Schedule & Admission Information

The Official OZtoberFest Day is SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7. We want everyone to know there are fun things going on both Friday and Sunday as well.


Friday, October 6:

  • ·        OZtoberFest OZ Murder Mystery at Columbian Theatre

Saturday, October 7:

  • ·         OZtoberFest Family Event - Downtown Wamego
  • ·         Street Dance 5-7 pm Downtown Wamego
  • ·         OZ Museum Events and Special Guest Presentations
  • ·         OZtoberFest OZ Murder Mystery at Columbian Theatre

Sunday, October 8:

  • ·         OZ Museum Events and Special Guest Presentations



OZtoberFest is free to the public.  The exception is entrance to the OZ Museum and presentations.  Here is the information concerning these venues.

Admission (Wrist Bands) to the OZ Museum and activities sponsored by the Museum are $10 adults, $8 children ($10 military adults, $6 military children) per day. This includes unlimited time and access for the day to the Museum, as well as admittance to all the speaker events at the Museum, at The Columbian Theatre and Munchkin Junction. (Prices can be subject to change.)

Also, please note that if you have a regular OZ Museum pass, it is not honored during OZtoberFest.  This is due to the presentations and additional activities during the festival.


We look forward to seeing you!!


All Day Activities (Oct 7) 10am - 5pm

  • ANIMAL BALLOONS:  Munchkinland
  • BEER & WINE GARDEN: Featuring Flying Monkey Beer & wines from Oz Winery (Noon – 7)
  • BOOM BATTLE SPORTS: Bubble Soccer, Laser Tag, Battle Archery (Wamego City Park) (Ages 6 and up)
  • FACE PAINTING: Munchkinland & near Dunk Tank
  • FOOD VENDORS: From barbeque to freshly squeezed lemonade, we have something for everyone.  Come for lunch and stay for the dance and visit our vendors again for supper!
  • HEROS HOTRODS & MOTORCYCLES:  Vintage, classic cars and motorcycles give OZtoberFest a feeling of nostalgia. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Wamego High School Veteran’s Honor Flight Program. (Car Show ends at 3:30)
  • HOMEMADE ICE CREAM:  Served by the Wamego Historical Society in Tin Man’s Garage. (Iron Clad)
  • KANSAS TORNADO GYROSCOPE: free-standing spinning structure. ($5 for 2-minute rides)
  • MUNCHKIN JUNCTION: Activities for kids 6 and under. (Wrist Band Required or On=site Ticket)
  • MUNCHKINLAND INFLATABLES: All day pass $8 wristband.
  • OZ MARKET: Arts and Unique items that include Pottery, Paintings, Photographs & More
  • OZ VINETTES & OZ CHARACTERS: for photo ops, along the street.
  • TIN MAN’S GARAGE: (Inside Iron Clad) Upcycled, Refurbished, Repurposed, Vintage Goods, Primitives
  • UNCLE HENRY’S FARMERS MARKET: Fresh Vegetables, Fruits, Honey & More
  • WICKED WITCHES DUNK TANK: Portion of proceeds will support Wamego High School FCCLA.
  • YELLOW BRICK ROAD SALE: at Vanderbilt’s: Your Work Boot Center


Entertainment (Oct. 7)

Emerald City Stage

(In front of Columbian Theatre)

·         10:30  Timeless Acapella 

·         11:00  Costume Contest

·         12:30  Red Carpet Introductions of Special Guests

·         1:30    Rachel Louise Taylor

·         2:30    BBQ Cook-off Winners Announced

·         3:00    TBA

·         5:00 - 7:00   Street Dance featuring Hwy 99 Band


Tin Man’s Talent Showcase

 (Inside Iron Clad)

·         10:00 Rose Ditto / Piano

·         11:00 Rachel Louise Taylor / Guitar and Vocals

·         12:30 Haven Alexander / Guitar and Vocals 

·         1:30   Dale Breymeyer / Piano

·         3:00   Marcia Hermesch

(Outside Iron Clad)

·         10:30  TBA

·         12:00  Olathe Dance Center

·         1:00    TBA

·         2:30   Olathe Dance Center

·         3:00   WHS High Voltage- Outside

·         4:30   WHS Jazz Band


Wizard’s Balcony

(Columbian Theatre Balcony)

·         11:00  Wicked Witch Fireballs

·         1:30    Wicked Witch Releases her Flying Monkeys

·         3:00    Wizard’s Tee Shirt & More Launch

·         3:30    Wicked Witch Fireballs

Time Specific Activities (Oct. 7)

Schedule will be announced & posted in August/September 2017.

The OZ Museum Activities & Guests

OZ Museum will be open: Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday noon – 5pm

Admission (Wrist Bands) to the OZ Museum and activities sponsored by the Museum are $10 adults, $8 children ($8 military adults, $6 military children) per day. This includes unlimited time and access for the day to the Museum, as well as admittance to all the speaker events at the Museum, at The Columbian Theatre and Munchkin Junction.





HAMILTON MESERVE, the son of Margaret Hamilton, THE WICKECD WITCH. Hamilton will share his enthralling talk, "OZ, THE WITCH, AND MOM: TEN THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW," will delight all who love the legendary MGM film. Hamilton will “top the bill” of exceptional guests at this year’s OZtoberFest.


SHANICE WILLIAMS is an American actress and singer.  She starred as “Dorothy” in the heralded NBC-TV production, THE WIZ LIVE! in December 2015.  Also known for The Purina National Dog Show Presented (2015) and Straight Outta Oz (2016). 


GABRIEL GALE is conceptualizer and coauthor of the new “AGES OF OZ” book trilogy from Simon & Schuster.  Gabriel is a science and history buff and a thrill-seeking adventurer, attributes that serve him well as a royal historian of Oz. He lives in the borough of Brooklyn, New York,


JOHN FRICKE, once again joins us for OZtoberFest. His credentials include being an Emmy Award-winning producer and preeminent Oz and Judy Garland historian. A great big thank you for his continued support of the OZ Museum and the OZ world. Please click on his name to see his bio.


PAUL MILES SCHNEIDER, author of SILVER SHOES and THE POWDER OF LIFE, two highly regarded contemporary Oz novels for students and young adults. He was born in New York City and raised in Lawrence, Kansas.  At various times, he has been an actor, writer, composer, singer, and arranger.


JOHNPAUL CAFIERO, whose family’s extraordinary Oz collection makes up a great percentage of material showcased at The OZ Museum in Wamego. Friar Johnpaul is a pastoral associate and preacher at Holy Family Parish in Inverness, formerly the assistant vocation director for his Franciscan order and now serves as chaplain for the Illinois State Police. 


RYAN JAY is one of America’s most popular, nationally syndicated, radio film critics. His talents can be heard live Friday mornings on FM stations across the country.  in addition Jay records, weekly movie review segments for Premiere Networks.


JANE ALBRIGHT, current president of The International Wizard of Oz Club, She discovered the Oz books as a child. Later her Oz books and memorabilia won a Kansas University book-collecting contest in 1977, resulting in a public exhibit that shifted her interest from reading and collecting to sharing Oz with others.





Gather your friends & adversaries for exciting BATTLES at Wamego City Park! ($5 per player per game / 5 games for $20) Every participant will need to sign Boom Battle Sports waiver before playing and must be 6 years old or older.


GLINDA’S BUBBLE SOCCER:  15 Minute Game - Players are encased in a zorb-like inflatable bubble and then bounce into each other as they fight for the ball


TOTO’S LASER TAG:  8 Minute Game - The ULTIMATE battle of wits and skill, playing tag with lasers.



This free-standing structure will spin you in many directions as you seek one thrill after another! / $5 for 2-minute rides




Follow the yellow brick road (Hwy 99) to the 4th annual classic car show, HEROS, HOT RODS & MOTORCYCLES in downtown Wamego and be part of the fun, OZtoberFest!




Registration Fee: $5 per tire (No pre-registration) Same day registration at 5th & Ash: 9am – 12pm

Judging: 11am - 1pm

Raffle Drawings & Awards: 3:30pm at Car Show Tent (City Park)




This year we are proud to have partnered with the Wamego High School VETERAN’S HONOR FLIGHT Program! A percentage of the registration fee will be donated to this organization. The Honor Flight has a mission to take veterans to Washington D.C. to see their respective memorials.  Wamego High School proudly joined the Kansas Honor Flight Network in 2012.  They search for veterans in our regional area who are interested in seeing our nation's memorials on a two-day trip to Washington D.C. Wamego High School National Honor Society students serve as guardians for their esteemed veterans during the trip.  As a way to honor them for their service, veterans do not pay for this opportunity, thanks to Sponsors and fund raising!


For more information or questions: Email at or call Wamego Chamber at 785-456-7849

OztoberFest Murder Mystery

We're celebrating another year of OZtoberFest with the OztoberFest Murder Mystery. You will recognize "The Wizard of Oz" characters with the best actors, a beautiful set and stunning costumes, however, problems arise when a perfect night turns in to one full of raging divas, faulty props and even MURDER.  Was it the Witch? The Lion? Dear Aunt Em?  Alternate endings each night will keep you on your toes as we hunt for clues to solve this exciting and often hilarious whodunit based on a treasured musical.


Last year’s two nights of fun SOLD OUT fast so get your tickets NOW! Pick them up at The Columbian Theatre - Wamego, Kansas box office or online at:


Location: Columbian Theatre / 521 Lincoln

Tickets: $25 - $30

Dates: Octoiber 5, 6 and 7

Time:  7:30





Marvel's Marvelous BBQ Cook-Off

Wamego is proud to host its first OZtoberFest BBQ contest! Check out the contestants with the aprons and decide which one you think should win!  They will be choosing the meat of the choice and proceed to give us a Kansas style treat!


Marvel's Marvelous BBQ Cook-Off application


If you have questions or like to enter the competition, please call the Wamego Chamber of Commerce office at (785) 456-7849 or email



Street Dance (Oct. 7) 5pm - 7pm

Be ready at 5pm to join in the music of OZtoberFest's Street Dance featuring the band, Highway 99! They are an exciting band from right here in the Wamego area that plays a great mix of classic rock and country! Come down and enjoy the music, drinks and food! 

Vendor Applications

2017 Vendor Applications:

OZ Market

Artists of all types: Pottery, Paintings, Photographs
Uncle Henry's Farmers Market
Fresh Vegetables, Fruits, Honey & More

Activity Vendor Application (NOT for Non-Profits use)
Face Painting, Caricature Drawing, Old Time Photos & More

Tin Man's Garage Application
Repurposed, Vintage, Upcycle, Primitives 

NON-Profit Application

Organizations provide a fun OZ activity for children.
Food Vendor Application
Barbeque, Lemonade, Corn Dogs, Funnel Cakes & More

Dorothy's Closet Art Exhibition

"Dorothy's Closet" is coming to OZtoberFest 2017


Come see what's hidden within Dorothy's Closet!


The Columbian Artist Group is excited to announce this exhibit celebrating 117 years of the timeless classic. Come and see the paintings, drawings, sculpture and more from tons of the Flint Hills region's Columbian Artists. Explore shoes to garments and way beyond. Even items that belonged to the wizard himself... You never know what you may find.


Exhibit opening Friday, October 6 from 5 - 7 pm. and will be open all day during OZtoberFest Saturday October 7th. Exhibit will be up thru the month of October.


Visit for more details

General Festival Information

PARKING: Parking is available on side streets and around the City Park. Festival is centrally located downtown, Lincoln Avenue, so it is easy to park and walk to this family event. Boom Battle Sports will take place in City Park, so keep this in mind as you make plans.

RESTROOMS: Porta Pottys are available throughout the festival.

CURRENCY: Most vendors will only take cash. There are ATM’s located at Landmark National Bank on Lincoln and Bank of the Flint Hills, located on 5th Street near Munchkinland.

LOST CHILD:  Please come to information booth, centrally located at festival.  Police will assist.

OZsome Sponsors!


List of sponsors will be posted by fall 2017.


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