Saturday, October 6th

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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, Munchkinland, Auntie Em's Boutique, Tin Man's Garage, 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, wristbands will need to be purchased for the bouncy houses and the OZ Museum activities,

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

  • 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. 6th.
  • FACE PAINTING: More than one location.
  • FOOD VENDORS: Variety of great food and drinks.
  • INFLATABLES: All day wristbands
  • 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?
  • 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. 6)

Emerald City Stage


Tin Man's Talent


Wicked Witch's Castle


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

OZ Special Guests 2018

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.


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. 


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.






KC 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 KC 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 to be the last ball rolling!




Heroes, Hot Rods & Motorcycles

Follow the yellow brick road (Hwy 99) to the 4th 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 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

Judy Garland Songbook at the Columbian

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





Marvel's Marvelous BBQ Cook-Off

Wamego is proud to host its 2nd 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. 

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded

Application coming soon!

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. 6) 5pm - 7pm

Be ready at 5pm to join in the music of OZtoberFest's Street Dance. Come 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 2018 (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.


Columbian Artist Facebook Page


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!





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:










OZ Costume Contest

Costume Contest Outline

Please register at information booth on Oct. 6th 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.




Toto Look-a-Like Contest

Bring YOUR Toto to Emerald City Stage so see if your dog is the next Toto look-a-like! Time TBA.


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