OZtoberFEST 2021

Saturday, October 2nd

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Mark your calendars for OCTOBER 2, 2021 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, Road to OZ BBQ Challenge, Wizard's Beer & Wine Garden, Munchkinland, Auntie Em's Boutique, and many more OZsome activities. 




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OZsome Schedule & Admission Information

The Official OZtoberFest Street Festival Day is SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2rd, yet  there are exciting things going on Friday as well. 

Saturday, October 2:

  • OZtoberFest Family Festival - Downtown Wamego-10am to 6 pm
  • 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 2nd) 10am - 6pm

  • WIZARD'S BEER & WINE GARDEN: Craft and domestic beers and Wines (12pm – 6pm)  
  • CHILDREN’S TRAIN (City Park): 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.
  • Road to OZ BBQ Challenge
  • INFLATABLES: $10 All day wristbands
  • Dessert CONTEST:  TBA-Enter your best  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 6 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. 2nd)

Emerald City Stage-In front of Columbian



Tin Man's Talent-In Front of Indoor Market/Iron Clad








Road to OZ BBQ Challenge-KCBS Sanctioned Event

New for 2021 we are moving our backyard BBQ competition to a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned contest. This state championship competition will grant the contest winner a complimentary entrance into the 2022 American Royal World Series of Barbecue. Teams will compete for $10,000 in overall prize money. In addition to the standard 4 meat category competition, we will also have a People’s Choice competition on Saturday afternoon. Join us at this new competition in one of Kansas’ most iconic festivals.


OR Download the application HERE

Team Info:

Early bird price per team is $200. After August 31st, price is $250 per team.
Each team will be assigned a 20' x 40' space.
For an additional $30, 110 or 30 amp service will be provided. Teams will need to provide 100 feet of extension cord.
One vehicle per team in the competition area.
Check-in begins at 9 a.m. on Friday. All teams must be checked in prior to 5 p.m. on Friday.
Cooks meeting held at 5:30 p.m.
All KCBS rules apply.
Saturday turn in times:

Chicken - noon
Ribs - 12:30
Pork - 1:00
Brisket - 1:30

People’s Choice – 2:00
Awards presented at 3:30 on the Emerald City Stage in front of Columbian.

Payout Schedule

Judges Info

Click Here for Judge Application

Per KCBS guidelines, you understand and accept that you will be assigned whatever duty is necessary within the judging process.


More information to come.

Interested in becoming a sponsor of this great event? Reach out to Kara Holle at

Contact Us

Have questions about entering your team? E-mail the Challenge organizer- Tony Ballard, or Kara Holle,


Have questions about being a judge? E-mail the judging coordinator, Dennis Lang, at


Alternative Air

Pacheco Beef


OZtoberFest Markets


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

OZ Market Vendor Application


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

Boutique Vendor Application


Food Vendor Application

The OZ Museum & Special Guests

OZ Museum will be open: Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday noon – 5pm

OZ Special Guests 2021:


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

Live Theatre Production:


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.







Vendor Applications

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!


2021 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. 2nd 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! 


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