Date: October 1, 2021
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OZtoberfest

OZtoberfest begins on Friday evening and goes through Saturday night in Wamego, KS

Entrance to the Yellow Brick Rd. in Wamego, KS

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 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.

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 Flint Hills Academy of Music

12:00-1:00  Costume Contest-Gabriel Gale-emcee

1:00  Toto Look-a-Like contest-Jon Pachta emcee

2:15 – 3:15  The Church Ladies

4:30 -5   WHS Jazz Band

5:00 – 6   The Cover-Ups

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

10:30- 11:30 K-State Tap Dance Ensemble

11:30 – 12  Olathe Dance Center

12:30 – 1:30 BPM Trio

2:00 -3:00 Jack Reid Magic

3:00 – 3:30 Olathe Dance Center

4:00 - 5  WHS High Voltage

5:00 – 6  Haymakers

There are additional events taking place starting at 10 am and lasting until 6 pm Sat evening.

Make sure you also check out the car show, BBQ Challenge, and more, you can find all the details about the OZtoberfest in Wamego, Ks link here, and the event map on the Wamego Chamber website.

All Kinds of OZsome Things (Oct 2nd) 10am - 6pm

  • WIZARD'S BEER & WINE GARDEN: Craft and domestic beers and Wines (11am – 6pm)  
  • CHILDREN’S TRAIN (City Park): Will be running 10am-12 and 2-4 pm
  • FACE PAINTING
  • CARRIAGE RIDES with a Horse of a Different Color
  • OZ COSTUME CONTEST- Emerald City Stage in front of Columbian 12 noon
  • TOTO Look-a-Like COMPETITION - Emerald City Stage 1:00 pm
  • FOOD VENDORS: Variety of great food and drinks
  • INFLATABLES: $10 All day wristbands
  • WIZARD Of OZ COOKIES- Columbian Theatre
  • POPPY PLAY FIELD: Children's area with fun activities and games
  • MAGIC SHOWS: Columbian Theatre, 10:30 am and 2:00 pm in front of Iron Clad
  • 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. 
  • POPPY PLAY FIELD In front of the Wamego Chamber Office. Fun games for kids.
  • 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.

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