Mark your calendars for OCTOBER 6, 2018 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, Classic Car Show, Professor Marvel's Backyard BBQ Cook-Off, Wizard's Beer & Wine Garden, Munchkinland, Auntie Em's Boutique, OZ Market,  and much more OZsome activities. 




OZsome Schedule & Admission Information

The Official OZtoberFest Street Festival Day is SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6th, yet  there are exciting things going on Friday as well. 

Saturday, October 6:

  • OZtoberFest Family Festival - Downtown Wamego
  • Street Dance 5-7 pm Downtown Wamego
  • OZ Museum Events and Special Guest Presentations
  • Judy Garland Songbook at Columbian Theatre 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 and children who already have an inflatables wrist band.

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 6) 10am - 5pm

  • WIZARD'S BEER & WINE GARDEN: Flying Monkey Beer, domestic beer favorites and Oz Winery (12pm – 7pm)  
  • CHILDREN’S TRAIN: Will NOT be running
  • FACE PAINTING: More than one location.
  • OZ COSTUME CONTEST- Columbian Theatre Stage, 12 noon
  • TOTO Look-a-Like CONTEST - Emerald City Stage 1:00 pm
  • FOOD VENDORS: Variety of great food and drinks.
  • INFLATABLES: All day wristbands
  • BANANA Bread Contest:  Enter your best loaf at the Columbian Theatre between 10-11 am.
  • POPPY PLAY FIELD: Children's area with fun activities and games
  • PUPPET SHOWS: OZ Museum theater
  • OZ CHARACTERS: Throughout the day and festival look for OZ Characters for photo opportunities and more.
  • OZ STORYTIME: Wamego Library (Times to be announced)
  • OZ VIGNETTES:  Photo ops, throughout the festival.
  • 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. 
  • APPLE TREE STILT WALKER: Wow!  Can you reach these apples?
  • LITTLE MONKEY 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( customers choices!) all day Saturday. Their yearly collectors Oztoberfest Limited Edition wine will be announced and available for purchase as well.


Entertainment (Oct. 6)

Emerald City Stage

10 – Red Carpet Introductions of Special Guests-John Fricke

11:00 – 12   Kelly Jo-Guitar & Vocals

12:00-1:00  Costume Contest-Paul Schneider emcee-Moved to Columbian Stage

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

1:30-2:30  Audri Leigh- Guitar & Vocals

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

3:00 – Haven Alexandra- Guitar & Vocals

3:30 --  Beth Land-Guitar & Vocals

4:00 – Denims & Lace Band sets up

4:00- 5:00  Mike Greim-Guitar & Vocals- near beer garden

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

Tin Man's Talent

10-11 Rose Ditto-Piano - Inside Columbian

10:30 - 11  Olathe Dance Center

11:00  - Ruth Miller- Piano-Inside Columbian

11-12 noon  Color Me Crazy Magic Show

12:00 – 12:30 Haven Alexandra-Guitar & Vocals

12:30 – Ayre Music, Guitar & Vocals

1:00-2  Dale Breymeyer- piano-inside Columbian

2:00  – WHS High Voltage

2:30 - Olathe Dance Center

3:00 – 4:00  Color Me Crazy Magic Show

4:30 -5 WHS Jazz Band

Wicked Witch's Castle

10:45 – Wicked Witch throws fireballs (immediately following special guest introductions)

1:15 – Wicked Witch releases her Flying Monkeys (Immediately following Toto look-a-like contest)

3:00 – Wicked Witch throws fireballs

4:00 – Wicked Witch releases her Flying Monkeys


OZtoberFest Markets


  • Arts, unique items, pottery, paintings, photographs & more. Something for everyone!



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


The OZ Museum Activities & Special Guests

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


Flying Monkey Banana Bread Contest:

Entries accepted 10:00 AM till 11:00 AM at the Columbian Theatre

Judging begins at 11:00 AM

Prepare your favorite Banana Bread recipe, bake in a standard bread pan, cool, wrap, and bring on a paper plate to the Columbian Theatre.

Bread will be judged by celebrity judges, judging on their individual likes and tastes.  Bread portions not judged will be sold to benefit the new OZ Museum Flying Monkey attraction on the new marquee.  

OZ Puppet Show and OZ Trivia:

Young and old will enjoy a hand puppet show at the OZ museum theater.  Between puppet shows, guest celebrity, Jane Albright will try to stump you with OZ Trivia and tell us about the famous Wizard of OZ!!  Ms. Albright is the president of Wizard of OZ International Club.  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.

OZtoberFest Scavenger Hunt:

Find 13 of the 15 painted Toto dogs in Wamego, along with 2 OZtoberFest vignettes in downtown Wamego. Take a photo with your phone of each for a total of 15, and bring those back to the Columbian Theatre between 10-5pm on Saturday October 6th. A Columbian Artist will be there to verify those photos. Everyone will win a prize and each person who participates will be entered to win other prizes. Drawings will be held inside the Columbian Theatre at 5pm, Saturday October 6th.

OZ Special Guests 2018:

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.

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. 

JOHN FRICKE (OZ Museum Master of Ceremonies)  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. Currently, he's working 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.

GABRIEL GALE is the conceptualizer and coauthor of AGES OF OZ, the new Simon & Schuster book trilogy for children and young adults. The first two volumes -- A FIERY FRIENDSHIP and A DARK DESCENT -- are now available and have been enthusiastically received and reviewed as "fast-paced," "entertaining," and "filled with excitement and magical creatures." A native of Brooklyn, NY, Gabriel began work on his ground-breaking Oz writing and producing after he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Cooper Union and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Columbia (both universities in New York City). He is a science and history buff and a thrill-seeking adventurer -- attributes that serve him well as an Historian of Oz. When he isn’t fighting rogue Sorcerers, Wizards, and Witches, author Gale is an artist, an explorer, and (above all) a relentless defender of the Good.

PAUL MILES SCHNEIDER, author of SILVER SHOES and THE POWDER OF LIFE, two highly regarded contemporary Oz novels for students and young adults. Paul had the good fortune of meeting and being a pen pal of Margaret Hamiliton, 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.





Heroes, Hot Rods & Motorcycles

Follow the yellow brick road (Hwy 99) to the 5th 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

Judy Garland Songbook at the Columbian Theatre

October 5-6th “The Judy Garland Songbook”

An enchanting evening that will transport the audience through the life and career of Judy Garland. A live band onstage will perform the standout songs that made Judy a household name. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Come on Get Happy,” and “Zing! Went the strings of my Heart" performed by Mandy Kerridge.

Mandy comes to you from Kansas, the land of Oz, where she received her training in theatre at Kansas State University.  You may have seen her in theaters from Atlantic City to Reno, from Nashville to Los Angeles and back again performing with such artists as Merrill Osmond, Debbie Reynolds, Neil Sedaka and Diana DeGarmo of American Idol fame.  She has also voiced national radio jingles for Helzberg Diamonds and Harrah's Casinos.  When not on terra firma, she's visited over 65 different countries as a guest entertainer for lines like Princess, Celebrity, Cunard and Regent. Some favorite productions have been "Broadway: A Star Spangled Celebration" (touring and Myrtle Beach), the premier cast of Shake, Rattle and Roll, which debuted in Monte Carlo and  "Spirit of Christmas" at the Kodak Theatre in L.A.   Favorite theater credits:  Chicago(Velma), Jekyll and Hyde(Lucy), Smokey Joe's Cafe(Patti), The Taffettas(Kaye) and Romance, Romance(Josefine).

Get your tickets NOW! Pick them up at The Columbian Theatre - Wamego, Kansas box office or online at:

Location: Columbian Theatre / 521 Lincoln

Dates: Oct 6th and 7th

Time:  7:30





Street Dance (Oct. 6) 5pm - 7pm

Be ready at 5pm to join in the music of OZtoberFest's Street Dance featuring Denims & Lace Band.  Come and enjoy the music, drinks and food! 

Mini Toto Statues

Mini Toto's located at the Swogger Gallery in the historic Columbian Theatre during the festival.  Discover the twelve Mini Toto's depicted in a variety of unique artistic designs. Each will thrill you with whimsy, available to purchase, and priced separately.  Twelve of The Columbian Artist Group members are the talents behind the designs. 


Columbian Artist Facebook Page







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.


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

OZsome Sponsors!


Anderson Knight Architects

Bank of the Flint Hills

Bennington State Bank

C.R.'s Tire and Muffler


Central Mechanical Construction Co.

City of Wamego

Flint Hills Auto-Entertainment Sponsor

Howie's Trash Service

KanEquip, Inc.

Kaw Valley State Bank

Landmark National Bank

Leiszler Oil Co.

Midwest Concrete Materials

Pottowatomie County Economic Development

Purple Wave

Robert's Heating & Cooling

St. Marys Computers & Printing, LLC


Wamego Health Center





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:

Delicious Home Style

Friendship House


Made 2 Grill

Paradise Eats

Tasty Traveler

Terri's Paninis

Smokin' Willes

Southern Star

Professor Marvel's Backyard BBQ Cook-Off










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 Contest

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!

BBQ Cook-Off Application


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