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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, Auntie Em's Boutique, Tin Man's Garage, and much more. 

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

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



OZsome Schedule & Admission Information

The Official OZtoberFest Street Festival Day is SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, yet we want everyone to know there are exciting things going on Thursday, Friday and Sunday as well.

Thursday, October 5:

  •  OZtoberFest OZ Murder Mystery at Columbian Theatre

Friday, October 6:

  • OZtoberFest OZ Murder Mystery at Columbian Theatre

Saturday, October 7:

  • OZtoberFest Family Festival - 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 fFREE to the public.  There are a couple exceptions, wristbands will need to be purchased for the bouncy houses and the OZ Museum activities, details listed here. 


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. (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 Kinds of OZsome Things (Oct 7) 10am - 5pm

  • ANIMAL BALLOONS:  Talented, young balloon artist, found in the Painting Pearls booth in Munchkin Junction.
  • BEER & WINE GARDEN: Flying Monkey Beer, domestic beer favorites and Oz Winery (11am – 7pm)  

  • CHILDREN’S TRAIN: City Park (10-Noon, 2-4pm) OZ Characters will be available for you to meet at the Train Depot at 9:45am on Oct. 7th.
  • COSPLAYERS:  Participants from all over Kansas will be wearing costumes and fashion accessories to represent the wide variety of OZ-related books, movies and productions.
  • DOROTHY’S BASKETS (Silent Auction): Help fund the Flying Monkey Façade at the OZ Museum!  Check out the silent auction “Dorothy’s Baskets” filled with fantastic OZ-related items and more. Located in the gift shop of the Columbian Theatre. 100% of the proceeds will go to the façade.
  • FACE PAINTING: Featuring Allison with Painting Pearls, is a festival favorite. You will find her in Munchkin Junction.
  • FOOD VENDORS: Variety of great food and drinks.
  • INFLATABLES: All day wristband $8 in Munchkin Junction
  • MUNCHKIN JUNCTION: (Columbian Theatre 2nd Floor Lobby) Sponsored by Robert’s Heating & Cooling / Children’s activities for 6 and under. (Wrist band required & can be purchased at Munchkin Junction)
  • OZ ARTIST: Young local Illustrator, Jana Cieslak, will share her talents and sketch OZ characters for your entertainment and to purchase.  You can find her in Munchkin Junction. 
  • OZ CHARACTERS: Throughout the day and festival look for OZ Characters for photo opportunities and more.
  • OZ STORYTIME: Wamego Library (9:30 and 10:30)
  • OZ VINETTES:  Photo ops, throughout the festival.
  • OZSOME LEGO MASTER BUILDER! Give yourself a treat by discovering the OZsome Lego art by Master Builder artist, Allen T. Hickmon, of Kansas City. He has won several awards for his Lego brick builds. His awards include: 2017 Brickworld Best Space Craft / 2017 Brickworld Best Artwork Nominee / 2017 Brickworld Best Humor Nominee / 2016 Brickworld Chicago Best Individual Nominee / 2015 Brickworld Chicago Best Individual Layout Nominee / 2015 Powell Gardens LEGO Brick Building Challenge 3rd place winner
  • NEW 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. He started with turning paper based pepakura into foam based costume creations, which include
  • 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. 
  • Discover VINCENT MYRAND, OZ artist, who is inspired by the Old Masters such as, Titian, Rembrandt and Tintoretto.  He is also an art instructor who taches young and old alike.

  • WICKED WITCHES DUNK TANK: Portion of proceeds will support Wamego High School FCCLA.
  • YELLOW BRICK ROAD SALE:  Vanderbilt’s: Your Work Boot Center

Entertainment (Oct. 7)

Emerald City Stage

(Oustide Columbian Theatre)

  • 10:00  Introductions of Special Guests
  • 10:30  Timeless Acapella-Acapella singing group
  • 11:00  Costume Contest
  • 12:30  Red Carpet Introductions of Special Guests
  • 1:30    Rachel Louise Taylor-Guitar and Vocals
  • 2:30    BBQ Cook-off Winners Announced
  • 3:00    Abbey Shaneyfelt & Friends-Ukulele Trio
  • 4:00   (Just off the main stage) Chappie-Guitar and Vocals
  • 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    Beth Land/Vocals

(Outside Iron Clad)

  • 10:30  Abbey Shaneyfelt & Friends-Ukulele Trio
  • 12:00  Olathe Dance Center
  • 1:00   Lydia Spears-Vocals
  • 1:30    Heather Miller & Friends
  • 2:30    Olathe Dance Center
  • 3:00    OZ Scavenger Hunt Scramble-One prize awarded-Open to all
  • 3:45    WHS High Voltage
  • 4:30    WHS Jazz Band


Wicked Witch's Castle

(Columbian Theatre Balcony)

  • 11:00  Wicked Witch throws Fireballs & group photo of Costume Contest participants. 
  • 1:30    Wicked Witch releases her Flying Monkeys
  • 3:00    Wizard’s Tee Shirt & More Launch
  • 4:00    Wicked Witch throws Fireballs

OZtoberFest Markets

TIN MAN'S GARAGE (Located Inside Iron Clad)

  • UNIQUE ARTISTIC FINDS: Upcycled, Refurbished, Repurposed, Vintage Goods, Primitives and so much more! 
  • HOMEMADE ICE CREAM:  Served by the Wamego Historical Society in Tin Man’s Garage.
  • WICKED BREW: Treat yourself to locally roasted Wizard’s Blend or Wicked Mocca coffees by the cup or take a bag home.  (Brewed by Paramour Coffee)
  • Plus entertainment throughout the day!



  • VEGGIES & MORE: Great selection of homegrown vegetables, canned goods and other treats.
  • UNCLE HENRY’S VINTAGE IMPLEMENTS: Discover vintage implements that reflect farming during the 1930’s.  Look for a replica of Dorothy's “Over the Rainbow” hay rake and the hired hands’ buckboard wagon.  



  • 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

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, film critic, is nationally syndicated on AM & FM radio across America and can be seen weekly on NBC-TV in Milwaukee, WI and on FOX-TV in Fort Myers, FL. He is an Oz historian who has worked with and interviewed cast members from all of the most famous Oz movies and stage productions.


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.


AARON HARBURG is the great-grandson of E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, the lyricist of all the songs in The Wizard of Oz, including "Over the Rainbow." Aaron will be sharing stories of his great-grandfather and his link to the World of OZ.




Saturday Presentations Saturday October 7, 2017

10:00-10:30 – Red Carpet Event (Emerald City Stage)

10:30-11:00 – Aaron Harburg (OZ Museum Theater)

11:00-11:30 – Ryan Jay (OZ Museum Theater)

11:30-12:00 – John Fricke (OZ Museum Theater)

12:00-12:30 - Paul Miles Schneider (OZ Museum Theater)

12:30-1:00 – Main Stage Event (Emerald City Stage)

1:45-2:30 – Gabriel Gale/John Fricke (Columbian Theatre)

2:30-3:30 – Shanice Williams/John Fricke/Ryan Jay (Columbian Theatre)

3:30-4:30 – Hamilton Meserve (Columbian Theatre)

4:30-5:30 – Q&A – All Special Guests (Columbian Theatre)


Saturday OZ MUSEUM Guided Tours Saturday October 7, 2017

10:30-11:30 – Jane Albright

11:30-12:30 – Johnpaul Cafiero

2:00-3:00 – Johnpaul Cafiero

3:00-4:00 – Jane Albright


Sunday Presentation Sunday October 8, 2017 (OZ Museum Theater)

12:30-1:30 – Johnpaul Cafiero

1:30-2:30 – Gabriel Gale

2:30-3:30 – Hamilton Meserve

3:30-4:30 – John Fricke



Boom Battle Sports


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


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.




Heroes, Hot Rods & Motorcycles

Follow the yellow brick road (Hwy 99) to the 4th annual classic car show, HEROES, HOT RODS & MOTORCYCLES in 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)


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 particpated 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

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, sample their beef, chicken or pork and decide which one you think should win!  Prizes will be awarded at the Emerald City Stage at 2:30. 


  • 1st - $200 Cash sponsored by Barleycorns Deli
  • 2nd - $100 Gift Certificate from Kansas Premium Meats
  • 3rd – 5 Lbs. Meat ($50) from Plumlee Buffalo Ranch


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

2018 Vendor Applications:  Will be posted summer 2018


Dorothy's Closet Art Exhibition & More

"Dorothy's Closet" is coming to OZtoberFest 2017 (Located inside of the Columbian Theatre)


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 displayed thru the month of October.


Columbian Artist Facebook Page




ON DISPLAY, WIZ COSTUMES: University of Missouri-St. Louis, Theatre Department Chair, Felia Davenport is sharing her costumes that were designed for their adaptation of the Wiz!


Felia Davenport holds a BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Costume Design from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MFA in Costume Design from University of Tennessee-Knoxville.  She has won many awards for her costume design work from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Southeastern Theatre Conference and her work was recognized at USITT (United States Institute for Theatre Technology).  She has also been honored to have her designs be shown at the Prague Quadrennial, which is an international exhibition of theatre designers and artists from over 50 countries.  Over the years, she has worked for theatres in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Missouri as a designer or a crafts artisan.


Felia's Bio




DOROTHY’S BASKETS (Silent Auction)


Help fund the Flying Monkey Façade at the OZ Museum!  Check out the silent auction “Dorothy’s Baskets” filled with fantastic OZ-related items and more. Located in the gift shop of the Columbian Theatre. 100% of the proceeds will go to the façade. 



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 in Chamber Office, located on corner of Lincoln & 6th Street.

OZsome Sponsors!




Bank of the Flint Hills

Bennington State Bank

C.R’s Tire & Muffler


Central Mechanical Construction Co

City of Wamego

Cotton O’Neil Clinic

KanEquip Inc.

Kaw Valley State Bank

KBS Constructors

Landmark National Bank

Manhattan Area Technical College

Midwest Concrete Materials

Pottawatomie County Economic Dev.

Short Stop / Papa John’s Pizza

Vanderbilt’s Your Work Boot Center

Wamego Health Center




Crop Production Services



Black Jack Hills


GTM Sportswear

Iron Clad, LLC


Manhattan Broadcasting Co. Inc.

OZ Winery

Reflection’s Photography

Spirits of ‘76

Wamego Smoke Signal & Wamego Time's Newspapers

Waters True Value



4th and Elm Bar & Grill

Early Edition

Pizza Hut-Wamego


Friendly Cooker

Papa John’s Pizza

Wamego Inn & Suites

OZ Winery


Brown Chevrolet Buick, Inc.


Barleycorn’s Deli

Rinda’s Ceramics

Robert’s Heating & Cooling

Body Works

Paramour Coffee

Totally You

Clark Balderson

Larry Costlow

Wizz of Fizz-Mary Gayner

Vincent Myrand

Allen Hickmon-Master Lego Builder

Aksarben Industries

The Divergent Ginger


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:

Smokin' Wille's BBQ

Papa John's Pizza

Southern Star

Dry Creek Buffalo Chuck Wagon

Tasty Traveler

JNJ's Fun-du

Thrill's Kettle Corn

Grandma's Kettle Korn










OZ Costume Contest

Costume Contest Outline

Please register at information booth on Oct. 7th before 11 am.

 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.





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