OZtoberFEST 2024

Saturday, October 5th

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Mark your calendars for OCTOBER 5, 2024 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 Outdoor OZ Market, Classic Car Show, Wizard's Beer & Wine Garden, Munchkinland, Munchkin Junction and many more OZsome activities. 




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OZsome Schedule & Admission Information

The Official OZtoberFest Street Festival Day is SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th.

Saturday, October 5:

  • OZtoberFest Family Festival - Downtown Wamego-10am to 5 pm
  • Wizard's Beer & Wine Garden - 11 am to 6 pm
  • Community after OZ event featuring live music and food trucks from 5-7pm!
  • OZ Museum Events and Special Guest Presentations


OZtoberFEST is FREE to the public.  There are a couple exceptions, separate wristbands will need to be purchased for the inflatables ($10 all day) and the OZ Museum / Columbian Theatre activities. ($12 for adults & $10 for children. There is a $2 discount for military.)

Also, please note that if you have a annual membership 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 Starting at 10am


  • WIZARD'S BEER & WINE GARDEN: Craft and domestic beers and Wines  - 11am – 7pm 
  • CAKE WALK- 11a-5p In front of the Columbian Theatre (Every Half Hour) 
  • CARRIAGE RIDES- Horse of a different color 11a-5p Load at 6th and Lincoln 
  • CRAFT VENDORS - 10 am to 5 pm
  • CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES - 10 am - 5 pm
  • CARRIAGE RIDES with a Horse of a Different Color
  • OZ COSTUME CONTEST- Emerald City Stage in front of Columbian 12 noon-NO registration required.
  • TOTO Look-a-Like COMPETITION - Emerald City Stage 1:00 pm
  • FOOD VENDORS: Variety of great food and drinks
  • INFLATABLES: $10 All day wristbands
  • OZ CHARACTERS: Throughout the day indoors and out, look for OZ Characters for photo opportunities and more.
  • STORYTIME with Dorothy:  
  • OZ VIGNETTES:  Photo ops, throughout the festival, indoors & out.
  • 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. 
  • 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 7

Emerald City Stage-In front of Columbian

10am - Introduction of special guests

10:30am - Emerald City Singers

11am - Brent Patton

12pm - Oz Costume Contest

12:30 - Toto look-a-like contest

1pm - Break

2pm - Kansas Dance Company

3pm - Flint Hills Valley Folklorico

4pm - High voltage

4:30pm - WHS Jazz Band



OZtoberFest Vendors


Locally made Kansas items!


  • A variety of food trucks/tents. Something for everyone.

Heroes, Hot Rods & Motorcycles

Follow the yellow brick road (Hwy 99) to the 8th annual classic car show, HEROES, HOT RODS & MOTORCYCLES along the 600 and 700 Blocks of Lincoln Ave.


Registration Fee: Free with donation. Same day registration at 7th and Lincoln: 9am – 12pm

Raffle Drawings & Awards: 2pm

Heroes, Hot Rods, and Motorcycles is the signature fundraiser for the Kansas Honor Flight - Wamego High School Program! All of the registration donations and raffle monies 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.  The Kansas Honor Flight - Wamego High School program pairs local students with area veterans for a memorable two-day trip to Washington D.C. National Honor Society students serve as guardians to the honored veterans. The trip is free to the veterans thanks to our financial partners and fundraisers, such as the Heroes, Hot Rods, and Motorcycles car show.

The Heroes, Hot Rods, and Motorcycles car show and OztoberFest have become an Honor Flight Reunion venue for the Wamego High School organization. The veterans and the students come together once again to visit and reminisce.

Honor Flight Facebook Page



Columbian Theatre

Wicked Witch throwing fireballs 10:45am, 1:30pm, 3pm, and 4pm.

Muchkin Land until 4pm.

  • 11am - Yellow Brick Road Band
  • 12:30pm - The Wickedness of Oz? Legends & Loonies & Lies, OH MY! - John Fricke
  • 1:30pm - Auction in Gallery
  • 2pm - The Spiritual Journey - Reflections from the Wizard of Oz - John Paul
  • 3pm - Bingo
  • 4pm - Paul Miles Schneider Presentation







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.

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.

OZ Costume Contest

Costume Contest Outline:

Registration is NO longer required.  If you wish to participate come to the Emerald City Gate at 4th and Lincoln by 11:45 am.  You will then parade (walking) to the Emerald City Stage in front of the Columbian Theatre where the contest will be held.  Contest begins at 12 noon.

 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 call contestants on stage according to type and age. 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.

·         OZ Characters will be the judges.

·         One winner per category per age group will then be announced.  Winners remain on stage for a group photo.




Toto Look-a-Like Competition

1:00 pm.  Bring YOUR Toto to Emerald City Stage (in front of the Columbian Theatre) to see if your dog is the next Toto look-a-like! 


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