OZtoberFEST 2019


Mark your calendars for OCTOBER 5, 2019 for a FUN, FALL FAMILY CELEBRATION known as OZtoberFEST!  Join us in downtown Wamego for a variety of activities including our OZ Costume Contest, Toto look-a-like contest, an Indoor/Outdoor OZ Market, Classic Car Show, Professor Marvel's Backyard BBQ Cook-Off, Wizard's Beer & Wine Garden, Munchkinland, Auntie Em's Boutique, and many more OZsome activities. 




OZsome Schedule & Admission Information

The Official OZtoberFest Street Festival Day is SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th, yet  there are exciting things going on Friday as well. 

Saturday, October 5:

  • OZtoberFest Family Festival - Downtown Wamego
  • Street Dance 5-7 pm Downtown Wamego
  • OZ Museum Events and Special Guest Presentations
  • Columbian Theatre Production Friday and Saturday


OZtoberFest is FREE to the public.  There are a couple exceptions, separate wristbands will need to be purchased for the bouncy houses ($10 all day) and the OZ Museum activities and special guest presentations ($11 for adults & $9 for children. There is a $2 discount for military.)

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 Kinds of OZsome Things (Oct 5th) 10am - 5pm

  • WIZARD'S BEER & WINE GARDEN: Craft and domestic beers and Wines (12pm – 7pm)  
  • RIBBON CUTTING of the new Yellow Brick Road entrance sign, 10am
  • CHILDREN’S TRAIN: Will be running 10am-12 and 2-4 pm
  • FACE PAINTING: More than one location.
  • OZ COSTUME CONTEST- Emerald City Stage, 12 noon
  • TOTO Look-a-Like COMPETITION - Emerald City Stage 1:00 pm
  • FOOD VENDORS: Variety of great food and drinks.
  • INFLATABLES: $10 All day wristbands
  • APPLE PIE CONTEST:  Enter your best pie at the Columbian Theatre between 10-11 am. Judging at 11 am.
  • POPPY PLAY FIELD: Children's area with fun activities and games
  • PUPPET SHOWS: Columbian Theatre Gallery, various times throughout the day.
  • MAGIC SHOWS: Iron Clad, 11:00 am and 3:00 pm
  • OZ CHARACTERS: Throughout the day indoors and out, look for OZ Characters for photo opportunities and more.
  • OZ STORYTIME: Wamego Library (11:00 am and 1:00 pm)
  • OZ VIGNETTES:  Photo ops, throughout the festival, indoors & out.
  • TIN MAN’S COSTUME: Check out the OZ Foundation’s NEW Tin Man walking around the festival. Designed by Clay Hieschler of Aksarben Industries. He has been making costumes for cosplay for the past 5 years. 
  • TOTO’S TACOZ! OZsome fresh-mex fare with big taste. Indoor, patio-style seating offers plenty of room for you to enjoy local favorites like Yellow Brick Burro’d, Tin Man Black Bean Burrito and Munchkin Tacoz. 
  • LITTLE MUNCHKIN HAY MAZE: In front of the Columbian Theatre. Can you find your way out?
  • YELLOW BRICK ROAD SALE:  Vanderbilt’s: Your Work Boot Center
  • OZ WINERY:  Sample their fine wines for purchase while you're in Wamego! Serving 4 free samples( customer choices!) all day Saturday.

Entertainment (Oct. 5th)

Emerald City Stage

10 – Ribbon Cutting for the new Yellow Brick Road Entrance sign followed by Red Carpet Introductions of Special Guests-John Fricke

11:00 – 12  Haven Alexandra-Guitar & Vocals

12:00-1:00  Costume Contest-Paul Schneider emcee

1:00  Toto Look-a-Like contest-Jon Pachta emcee

1:30-2:30  The Church Ladies 

2:30- 3:00  BBQ Cook-off Winners Announced

3:00           THS Drumline 

4:00 - 5:00   Mike Greim-Guitar & Vocals at Beer/Wine Garden

5:00 - 7:00   Street Dance featuring Denims & Lace  

Tin Man's Talent

10 :30-11:30  Live Music- Inside

11:30  Olathe Dance Center – Outside

11-12 noon  Color Me Crazy Magic Show-Inside

12:00 – 12:05   Emerald City Singers-Outside

12:05 – 12:30  Colton Jones & Samantha Williams-Vocals-Outside

12:00 -1:00 Dale Breymeyer-Piano -Inside

12:30 – KuJo-Guitar and vocals – Outside

1:00-1:30  Audri Leigh—Guitar & Vocals-Inside

1:00-1:30  Beth Land-Guitar & Vocals—Outside

2:00 -3:00 Pat Fredrickson-Piano-Inside  

2:30 - Olathe Dance Center- Outside

3:00 – 3:30 – WHS High Voltage- Outside

3:00   Color Me Crazy Magic Show-Inside

3:30 – 4:30  Haven Alexandra -Outside

4:00  LIve Music -Inside

4:30 -5 WHS Jazz Band -Inside




OZtoberFest Markets


  • Arts, unique items, pottery, paintings, photographs & more. 
  • Upcycled/Repurposed Treasures


  • Wonderful direct market items that will thrill the person looking for something to treat themselves to. 
    Something for everyone!

The OZ Museum & Special Guests

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

OZ Special Guests 2019:

JOHN FRICKE (OZtoberFEST Master of Ceremonies) Presentation times: 10AM, 11AM,  3PM, 4PM is widely regarded as the world's preeminent WIZARD OF OZ and Judy Garland historian and author. He's the recipient of two Emmy Awards as co-producer of the PBS-TV and A&E Cable-TV Garland documentaries, as well as a Grammy Award-nominee for journalism. His seven books about Oz and Judy have sold a quarter-million copies, and he's talked about them on THE TODAY SHOW (four times), ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, and on diverse programs on CNN and Turner Classic Movies. He worked with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. in their efforts to conserve the original OZ ruby slippers. This consultancy position grew out of his three decades of writing, producing, and spokesperson work (on Oz and Garland anniversaries, product releases, and DVD and CD launches) for MGM, Turner Entertainment, and Warner Bros. John has lectured at the TCM Film Festival and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Hollywood; at The Museum of Modern Art in NYC; and at the Deauville Film Festival in France. He can be heard on the commentary tracks of eight Garland DVDs (including THE WIZARD OF OZ) and seen on-screen in numerous entertainment-history documentaries. John has been an emcee for OZtoberFest on a regular basis for more than ten years.


JOHNPAUL CAFIERO,  presentation time: 1:30PM, and 4 PM 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. 


PAUL MILES SCHNEIDER, presentation time: 2PM, 4PM author of the novels SILVER SHOES, THE POWDER OF LIFE, and THE MAGIC BELT.  This trilogy is a highly regarded contemporary Oz series for students and young adults. Paul had the good fortune of meeting and being a pen pal of Margaret Hamilton, better known as the Wicked Witch of the West.  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.


JANE ALBRIGHT, presentation time: 1:30PM, 4PM 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.



Heroes, Hot Rods & Motorcycles

Follow the yellow brick road (Hwy 99) to the 6th annual classic car show, HEROES, HOT RODS & MOTORCYCLES alongside the Wamego City Park and along Ash Street.




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

Judging: 11am - 1pm

Raffle Drawings & Awards: 2pm at Car Show Tent (City Park)


Again 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!


OztoberFest has become the Honor Flight Reunion venue for the Wamego High School organization. The veterans and the students whom participated for the past five years come together once again to visit and reminisce.


Honor Flight Facebook Page


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

Columbian Theatre

Wizard of Oz Production:

September 26, 27, 28, at 7:30 pm  29th at 2:00 pm

October 3, 4, 5, 7:30 pm 6th at 2:00 pm

The Columbian Theatre - Wamego, Kansas box office or online at:

Location: Columbian Theatre / 521 Lincoln

Puppet Shows:

Young and old will enjoy a hand puppet show at the Columbian Theatre.  Show times:  11 AM, Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM.

Also, buy a chance at a raffle to win a set of the hand puppets used in the puppet show.

Lego Artist:

Allen Hickmon





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

Be ready at 5pm to join in the music of OZtoberFest's Street Dance.

Band featured:  Denims & Lace

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. 

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.

EMERGENCY SERVICES is located at the intersection of 5th & LIncoln at the information booth.

OZsome Sponsors!


Leiszler Oil

Varney & Associates, CPA’s LLC

Wamego Supply Inc

Bank of the Flint Hills

Kaw Valley State Bank

Cotton O’Neil Clinic

Bennington State Bank


Central Mechanical Construction

Landmark National Bank

MS Biotec

Purple Wave

Eco Devo

Riley Construction

Wamego Health Center



City of Wamego


Food Facts

Local Favorites in festival area:

Barleycorn's Deli

4th & Elm Bar & Grill

Toto's Tacoz!

Friendship House

The Friendly Cooker

Festival Food Trucks/Tents:

Dry Creek Buffalo Chuck Wagon

Jammin' Jamaican Cuisine

Made 2 Grill

Smokin' Wille's BBQ

Southern Star

Tasty Traveler




OZ Costume Contest

Costume Contest Outline

Please register at information booth on Oct. 6th before 11 am.  Contest will be held on the Columbian Theatre Stage.

 Two Age Groups:

o    Under 18 and Over 18
Each contestant will receive a number to wear around their neck.

There are 9 costume categories.  Awards will be presented to the winners, in both age groups, of each category:

o   Best Dorothy

o   Best Munchkin

o   Best Lion

o   Best Scarecrow

o   Best Tinman

o   Best Glinda

o   Best Wicked Witch

o   Flying Monkey

o   Wizard of OZ

Contestants will be called on stage by category starting with age group Under 18 then moving to Over 18.  The Host will have the contestant registration list.  Contestants register the morning of OZtoberFest at the information booth.  The Host will call contestants on stage by their first name and home town starting with Dorothy. Once all entries for Dorothy have been brought on stage they return to their seats and the Host will call up Munchkin entries and so on.  All entries for a specific “character” return to their seats after the last entry walks across the stage.

·         Judges will vote for their favorite of each category per age group.

·         Once all contestants, in both age groups, have walked across the stage and returned to their seats, the judges will collaborate.  One winner per category per age group will then be announced.  As the winning contestant’s number is called, he/she will come up on stage to accept their award and will remain on stage will all winners for a group photo.




Toto Look-a-Like Competition

1:00 pm.  Bring YOUR Toto to Emerald City Stage to see if your dog is the next Toto look-a-like! 

Professor Marvel's Backyard BBQ Cook-Off

Become a contestant or just come enjoy some local BBQ!  Contestants can begin selling their meat at 11:30 am!

Professor Marvel's Backyard BBQ Cook-off application


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