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Mark your calendars for September 26th to celebrate one of America's best-known fairy tales - The Wizard of Oz! Join us in downtown Wamego for a variety of activities including our OZ Costume Contest, Car Show, Munchkinland, OZ Market, Beer Garden, live entertainment, food vendors, children's activities, and more.
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OZtoberFest Timeline of Events
Friday, September 25th Events
6:30 pm - The OZ Museum Big Reveal. Click Here for more Information
8:30 pm - 1000 Clams Band @ The Columbian Theatre **Free to Public
Saturday, September 26th Events
10:00 am - OZtoberFest & Museum open / Car show registration opens
10:00 am - Lydia Spears
10:15 am - Sally & The Last Minute Band
11:15 am - OZ Trivia with Jane Albright
11:30 am - Olathe Dance Center
12:00 pm - Hannah Conroy-Philbrook & Brianna Hinton
12:30 pm - Haven Alexandra
1:00 pm - Costume Contest for All Ages **Sign up at Info Booth
1:00 pm - The Wizard's Beer Garden Opens (CASH ONLY)
1:45 pm - OZ Trivia with Jane Albright
2:00 pm - Wamego High School Jazz Band
2:45 pm - OZ Scavenger Hunt with Paul Miles Schneider
3:00 pm - Car Show Awards
4:00 pm - Olathe Dance Center
4:30 pm - Haven Alexandra
5:00 pm - OZ Museum Closes
6:00 pm - Munchkinland, OZ Market & Food Court Close
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - M-31 Band Evening Street Dance
9:00 pm - The Wizard's Beer Garden Closes
** Most vendors will be CASH ONLY. There are two ATMs surrounding the festival.
Inside the OZ Museum Activities
OZ Museum (Ticket Prices: Adults $10; Students, Military, & Children $8)
10:00 am – OZ Trivia with Jane Albright
10:30 am – COZtumes! Designing MGM’s The Wizard of OZ! – John Fricke with special guest, Myrna Swensen
In honor of The OZ Museum's sensational new acquisitions -- two original Munchkin costumes worn in the classic 1939 Judy Garland movie -- Oz historian/author John Fricke provides an illustrated presentation about the designs, fabrics, garments, and garb worn by the many of the players in the film. Watch the evolution of Adrian's concepts, and see some frighteningly funny (and gratefully discarded) approaches to the now-legendary "look" of everyone's favorite motion picture! Extra Added Attraction: Travel a Yellow Brick Road of memories with extra-special guest, Munchkin-by-Marriage Myrna Swensen, whose husband Clarence played a diminutive soldier in OZ!
Noon – Story time with the Oz friends & Toto too!
1:00 pm – Return to Oz! Disney’s film on its 30th Anniversary! – Ryan Jay
This is a look back, after 30 years, on the cult classic Disney’s Return to Oz, featuring exclusive footage that includes an interview with “Princess Ozma,” Emma Ridley.
2:30 pm – Jugglers
3:00 pm – Story time with the Oz friends & Toto too!
4:00 pm – Johnpaul Cafiero: The Wizard of The OZ Museum!
Learn the history behind much of the OZ Museum’s amazing collection.
Special OZ Guests
John Fricke, an Emmy Award-winning producer and Grammy Award nominee, resides in New York City as he continues to excel in his career as a notable Oz historian and author. John Fricke has been recognized for authoring several celebrated Oz films, including: Judy: A Legendary Film Career; The Wizard of Oz: The Official 50th Anniversary Pictorial History; Judy Garland: World’s Greatest Entertainer; Judy Garland: A Portrait in Art & Anecdote; 100 Years of Oz; and (with Jonathan Shirshekan) The Wizard of Oz: An Illustrated Companion to the Timeless Movie Classic.
Myrna Swensen was almost a munchkin but the day she was to leave she was rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. Years later, however, she married munchkin soldier, Clarence Swensen. Myrna and her late husband traveled to many of the Oz festivals around the nation since the 1980s. The Swensen family recently donated Clarence’s soldier costume, which he wore at the festivals they attended.
Ryan Jay is one of America’s most popular, nationally syndicated, radio film critics. He can be heard live Friday mornings on FM stations across the country, in addition to recorded weekly movie review segments for Premiere Radio Networks. He is also featured weekly as resident film critic on The Morning Blend, NBC-TV affiliate in Milwaukee, WI. Ryan is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Every other week he can be found in the pages of Us Weekly magazine as Fashion Police.
Friar Johnpaul Cafiero, OFM is a Franciscan Priest of the Sacred Heart Province of Chicago/St. Louis. His family collection makes up much of what is on display at the OZ Museum. Many have asked me, "How did your family get started collecting OZ?" As far back as I can remember, the watching of The Wizard of Oz has always been a family tradition. In fact, we have the first TV Guide (1956) in which the advertisement of the movie appeared. It was a family time, we all took our bath, got into our PJs and grabbed a pillow to hide under when the Wicked Witch appeared with her flying monkeys. It continued to grow as we collected autographs, books from around the world, and some pretty rare pieces people would donate or offer to the collection. After more than 50 years of collecting, the collection has grown to over 24,000 pieces; most of these are in Wamego.
Jane Albright discovered the Oz books as a child. Her Oz books and memorabilia won a Kansas University book-collecting contest in 1977. In 1989 her collection was featured in an award-winning, summer-long display at Kansas City’s Crown Center. For the 75th anniversary of the film, a follow-up there drew more than 100,000 people. In 2014 she also returned to that same KU library for an exhibit of her finer Oz, Baum, and Denslow material. Jane joined the Oz Club in 1971 and She has served as a director, vice president, and convention chairperson as well as contributing to many of its publications.
Paul Miles Schneider, is the author of several Oz novels including, Silver Shoes is his first novel, which was selected as a 2010 Kansas Notable Book by the Kansas Center for the Book and the State Library of Kansas. Its sequel, The Powder of Life, was release in 2012, and a combined edition of both novels was published in 2013 as The Complete, Incomplete Adventures of Donald Gardner and the Silver Shoes.
With such great reviews, the 2nd Annual OZtoberFest Car Show is back! The car show begins with registration at 10:00am on Lincoln Avenue. Cars will line the street of downtown Wamego and many will be decorated with a special touch of OZ.
3:00 pm - Car Show Awards
For car show entry forms, click here
Parking is available on side streets and around City Park. No parking is too far in Wamego, KS.