Wamego's connection to the Wizard of OZ is everywhere. Pulling into town at the corner of HWY 99 and HWY 24 is Auntie Em's house complete with the wicked witch of the West's black and white striped stocking and red shoes.
They have the Yellow Brick Road complete with murals that lead you down the path. The amazing OZ museum brings so many original film items to the area for visitors to enjoy! There is a collection of Toto statues around town, each with a different theme, and allows visitors to enjoy and explore the town by finding the Toto's.
With this amazing connection it makes perfect sense that every year Wamego, KS would have a celebration called OZtoberfest! OZtoberfest begins on Friday evening and goes through Saturday night. Friday night kicks off with a viewing of the Wizard of Oz, but not like you are used to. This one is called the Dark Side of the Rainbow and is synched to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. Head to the Friendly Cooker and bring your lawn chair by 6 pm to experience the Wizard of Oz like you never have before, movie starts around 7:15 pm (ish).
Next up, on Saturday morning things start off on Main street at The Columbian Theatre.
Begin the day at Columbian Theatre for a Magic Show and Murder Mystery, followed by a live auction. There will be various performances in front of the Columbian Theatre starting at 10 am, here is the list:
Emerald City Stage-In front of Columbian
10 – Introductions of Special Guests-John Fricke
11:00 – 11:30 Yellow Brick Road Band and then Emerald City Singers
12:00-1:00 Costume Contest-John Fricke-emcee
1:00 Toto Look-a-Like contest-Jon Pachta emcee
2 The Bell Trio-Jass
3:30 Rickety Downspout-Bluegrass/Country
4:30 -5 WHS Jazz Band
5:00 – 6 Ian Batey-Guitars and Vocals
Tin Man's Talent-In Front of Indoor Market/Iron Clad
10 am Play Music
10:30 Storytime with Dorothy
11:30 Olathe Dance Center
2:00 -3:00 Jack Reid Magic
3:00 – 3:30 Olathe Dance Center
4:00 WHS High Voltage
4:30 Beth Land-Guitar and Vocals
4:45 WHS Dazzlers
There are additional events taking place starting at 10 am and lasting until 6 pm Sat evening.
All Kinds of OZsome Things (Oct 2nd) 10am - 6pm