Saturday, October 1st

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Mark your calendars for OCTOBER 1ST 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, Uncle Henry's Farmers Market, Boom Battle Sports, Beer & Wine Garden, Entertainment, Food, Children's Actvities and much, much more.


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OZsome Things to Do!

The Official OZtoberFest Day is SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1…yet we want everyone to know there are fun things going on both Friday and Sunday. 

Friday, September 30:
• OZtoberFest Murder Mystery / Columbian Theatre
Saturday, October 1:
• OZtoberFest Family Event / Downtown Wamego
• OZ Museum Events and Special Guest Presentations
• OZtoberFest Murder Mystery / Columbian Theatre
Sunday, October 2:
• OZ Museum Events and Special Guest Presentations

All Day Activities (Oct 1) 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)
CLASSIC CAR SHOW:  Vintage, classic cars 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)
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!
GLINDA THE GOOD WITCH BUBBLES: Enjoy the magical bubble fun from

"in-descri-bubble" in Munchkinland.
HOMEMADE ICE CREAM:  Served by the Wamego Historical Society in Tin Man’s Garage. (Iron Clad) After 3:30 look for homemade fruit cobbler served with ice cream.

MUNCHKIN JUNCTION: Activities for kids 6 and under. Columbian Theatre. (Wrist Band Required)
MUNCHKINLAND INFLATABLES: All day pass $8 wristband. (Ages 6 and up)
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.

WIZARD'S LASER-MAGIC STATION: Very unique, custom lasor merchandise inside Tin Man's Garage.
YELLOW BRICK ROAD SALE: at Vanderbilt’s: Your Work Boot Center

Entertainment (Oct. 1)

Emerald City Stage
(In front of Columbian Theatre)

  • 10:00 Red Carpet Introduction of Special Guests
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Maggie Shermoen
  • 11:15 - 11:45  Timeless Acapella
  • Noon - 1:30  The Lovehandles
  • 1:30-2:30  Topeka High School Drum line - A moving performance from 4th Street to the Emerald City Stage.
  • 2:30  Costume Contest
  • 3:30  Car Show Awards
  • 4:00 -5:00  The Haymakers!
  • 5:00 - 7:00  The band, Departure - Street Dance

Tin Man’s Talent Showcase 
(Inside Iron Clad)

  • 10:00 -11:00  Kally McConkey-Piano
  • 11:00 - Noon  Kayelynn Blanka-Piano & Vocals 
  • 11:30 – Noon  Olathe Dance Center (Outside)
  • Noon-1:00  Haven Alexander – Vocals & Guitar
  • 1:00-2:00  Dale Breymeyer-Piano
  • 2:00-3:00  Rose Ditto-Piano
  • 2:30 – 3:00  Olathe Dance Center (Outside)
  • 3:30 -4:00  Brian Nelson – Vocals & Guitar
  • 4:00-5:00 - WHS Jazz Band (Outside)

Time Specific Activities (Oct. 1)

10:00 Red Carpet Introduction of Special Guests, Emerald City Stage
 OZ Storytime at the Library
 Children’s Train in City Park: 10-Noon, 2-4pm
11:00 OZ Storytime at the Library
11:30 Toto Look-a-like Contest in front of Totos Tacoz!
Olathe Dance Center performance in front of Tin Man’s Garage.
Noon OZ Storytime at the Library
Beer & Wine Garden opens. Featuring Flying Monkey Beer, OZ Winery Wines & other favorites.
1:00 Wine Garden opens, featuring selected wines from OZ Winery


2:00 Children’s Train in City Park 2-4pm

2:15 Costume Contest Character Parade from Wall Street to Emerald City Stage

2:30 Costume Character Contest Emerald City Stage
Olathe Dance Center performance in front of Tin Man’s Garage
3:00 Auntie Em’s Cobbler Contest will be in front of Tin Man’s Garage
3:30 Classic Car Show Awards – Emerald City Stage
5:00-7:00 Street Dance featuring the band, "Departure". Classic Rock Takes Flight!
7:30 OZtoberFest Murder Mystery at the Columbian Theatre.



The OZ Museum Activities & Guests (9/30 - 10/2)

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 $12 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 and at The Columbian Theatre. This includes Jane Lahr’s Saturday-only memories about her father, The Cowardly Lion.


Once again we will have John Fricke, OZ Historian, joining us for OZtoberFest. 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.

Saturday’s Events:
10:30am  ALL ABOUT OZ:  Jane Albright shares stories and fun facts about Oz “on demand,” as audience members pick and choose from dozens of puzzling graphics.
11:45am  TELEVISION AND MOVIE HISTORIAN, Ryan Jay, presents his video interviews with the stars of last December’s triumphant national telecast, NBC-TV’s “THE WIZ LIVE!”     

1:00pm   FRIEND AND CORRESPONDENT: THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST!: Author Paul Miles Schneider shares his experience of meeting Margaret Hamilton, MGM's "Wicked Witch," when he was a boy. They then became pen-pals to fulfill Paul's second grade school assignment. These reminiscences include video and audio clips, plus photos from Ms. Hamilton's career.  .                                              
2:30pm  “THE WIZARD OF OZ” ON TV, 60th ANNIVERSARY is on November 3rd, which will be exactly six decades since the very first network telecast of MGM's THE WIZARD OF OZ took place. John Fricke looks back on the history – and timeless memories.
4:00pm  At the Columbian Theatre - THE LEGENDARY COWARDLY LION:  Jane Lahr offers magical, emotional memories of her father, the incomparable Bert Lahr, whose entertainment career includes burlesque, vaudeville, television and Broadway.
5:00pm  GRAND FINALE:  Jane Lahr’s interview will segue directly to on-stage appearances at The Columbian by all the special guests for a question-and-answer session. ___________________________________________________________
Sunday's Events:

The OZ Museum will be open from Noon until 5pm. In addition, to viewing the thousands of OZ items on display, visitors may attend any or all of the presentations by special guests.  Specific times will be announced nearer to the Festival dates.


THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: REFLECTIONS FROM “THE WIZARD OF OZ”: Johnpaul Cafiero (OFM, Franciscan Priest of the Sacred Heart Province of Chicago/St. Louis) ponders the inspirational resonance of L. Frank Baum’s countries and characters. (NEW FOR SUNDAY.)
FRIEND AND CORRESPONDENT: THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST!: Author Paul Miles Schneider shares his experience of meeting Margaret Hamilton, MGM's “Wicked Witch,” when he was six years old. They then became pen-pals to fulfill Paul’s second-grade school assignment. These reminiscences include video and audio clips, plus photos from Ms. Hamilton's career..

“MEET” THE CREATOR OF NBC-TV’S “THE WIZ LIVE!”: Television and radio movie critic/historian Ryan Jay presents his own video interviews with the stars (in front of and behind the cameras) of last December’s triumphant national telecast.
“THE WIZARD OF OZ” ON TV – THE 60th ANNIVERSARY!: On November 3rd, it’ll be exactly six decades since the very first network telecast of MGM's THE WIZARD OF OZ took place. John Fricke looks back on the history – and timeless memories -- of what became a forty-year-plus milestone television event.


Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st 7:30 p.m., Columbian Theatre, tickets 785-456-2029.

The is an original script, built around a musical stage production of THE WIZARD OF OZ, that is beset by “raging diva’s, faulty props…and murder!” Alternate endings provide a surprise factor for each performance of this hilarious whodunit. Tickets are now on sale. $30.00 adults and $25.00 children / students. This includes the performance and hors d’oeuvres. Sponsored by Briggs Auto Lane, Manhattan.




We are extremely excited to have reknowned OZ artist, Vincent Myrand, join us this year at OZtoberFest.  Please click on his name for his bio and samples of his work.




Munchkin Junction (Saturday Only)

The OZ Museum will be providing children’s activities (6 and under) from 10 – 3 during OZtoberFest in the Columbian Theatre Gallery. Must have an OZ Museum Wrist Band to participate.  OZtoberFest art competition entries will also be on display in the Gallery.


Boom Battle Sports (Oct. 1)

Gather your friends & adversaries for exciting BATTLES at Wamego City Park!


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.
Winkie Guard Archery
• 8 Minute Game -  It’s dodgeball battle with an EXTREME TWIST! Combining athletics with the adrenaline pumping, high-intensity of nerf-type archery.

 $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.

Classic Car Show Information (Oct. 1) 10am-3:30pm

Follow the yellow brick road (Hwy 99) to the 3rd Annual CLASSIC CAR SHOW in downtown Wamego and be part of the fun, OZtoberFest happenings!

Registration Fee: $20 (No pre-registration)

 Car Registration: 10am – 11pm
 Judging: Noon- 2pm
 Awards: 3:30pm (Emerald City Stage)

Tin Man’s Choice, People’s Choice, Honor Flight Select, Participant’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice, & the Wizard’s Best.


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


Street Dance (Oct. 1) 5pm - 7pm

Be ready at 5pm to join in the music of OZtoberFest's Street Dance featuring the band, "DEPARTURE" - Classic Rock Takes Flight! They will play from 5 -7pm and you will find yourself toe tapping and dancing to VERY COOL, EXPLOSIVE ROCK N ROLL!  The Beer & Wine Garden will remain open throughout the dance.

Downtown Window Painting Contest

OZtoberFest Downtown Window Painting Contest
In 2014 we kicked off a new program of local artists painting the Lincoln Street business windows. With such great success in the last two years, we are excited to continue this great picture opportunity for the 2016 OZtoberFest.

If you think you have what it takes to paint something OZ-SOME, please contact the Wamego Area Chamber (785-456-7849) and get signed up today.  When you call, a window will be assigned to you, but If you have a local business window you prefer, we will try to make that happen. You can also do more than one window, if you would like. The windows have to be completed by September 30th.  Judging will take place via facebook during OZtoberFest. Winners will be announced after OZtoberFest. 

Keep in mind the colors of the Wizard of OZ as you select your palette: Green, Red & Yellow. Also, to reference, there’s the ruby red shoes, Emerald City and the colors of the rainbow!

First, second and third prizes will be awarded. 

Thank our sponsor Wamego Drug Store.

Fruit Cobbler, Costume & Toto Contest Rules



Bake your best fruit cobbler and compete against other local bakers who think they have the tastiest cobbler recipe in town. Ribbons will be awarded to a first, second and third place winner, plus a Friendship House Recipe Book. There will be three local judges, who will have the good fortune to taste every cobbler.  Registration is at 2:30 in front of the Tin Man’s Garage (Iron Clad) or you can register today by clicking on link below. Judging will be at 3:00. Awards will be given in front of the Emerald Stage at 3:20. Feel free to bring copies of your recipe to share.

All cobblers will be donated to the Wamego Historical Society to serve with their homemade ice cream in Tin Man’s Garage right after the judging.


Cobbler Contest Registration Form


Bring your Toto look-a-like or Toto wanna-be and enter our contest.   Be in outside in front of Totos Tacoz! at 11:30 am and judging will commence. Winners receive ribbons and doggie treats, with the first place winner receiving a gift certificate from Totos Tacoz!

2016 Vendor Applications

OZ Market

Artists of all types: Pottery, Paintings, Photographs
Uncle Henry's Farmers Market Vendor Application
Fresh Vegetables, Fruits, Honey & More
Children's Activity Vendor Application (Non-for-Profit Organizations)
Face Painting, Caricature Drawing, Old Time Photos & More

Tin Man's Garage Vendor Application
Repurposed, Vintage, Upcycle, Primitives 
Food Vendor Application  (Full)
Barbeque, Lemonade, Corn Dogs, Funnel Cakes & More

Festival General 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!


You are OZsome!!!




Agrinux Solutions, LLC * Kaw Valley State Bank

Bank of the Flint Hills * KBS Constructors

Bennington State Bank * Landmark National Bank

C.R’s Tire & Muffler * MATC

Caterpillar Work Tools * MCM

Central Mechanical Construction * Pott. Co. Eco. Devo.

City of Wamego * Short Stop

Edward Jones-Gail Urban * Wamego Drug Store

Flint Hills AtA Bus * Wamego Health Center

KanEquip Inc. * WTC



ChEeRs Liquor * KSNT

Eagle Communications * Manhattan Broadcasting

GTM Sportswear * OZ Winery

Gene’s Heartland Foods * Spirits of ‘76

Iron Clad, LLC * Waters True Value



Bank of the Flint Hills * Houlihans

Black Jack Hills * KSState Bank

Brown Chevrolet Buick Inc. * Kaw Valley State Bank

Central National Bank * LongHorn Steakhouse

ESB Financial * People's State Bank

Friendship House * Qdoba

Goodcents Deli * Wamego Inn and Suites

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