511 Lincoln Avenue
Wamego KS 66547
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2011
WAMEGO CELEBRATES SEVENTH ANNUAL OZTOBERFEST
OCTOBER 1st & 2nd
Wamego, KS – Visit Downtown Wamego for a fun community festival that celebrates all things Oz! Saturday October 1 from 9am to 7pm and Sunday October 2 from 11am to 5pm – 2 blocks of Lincoln Avenue will be closed and filled with craft and food vendors, live entertainment, kids’ activities, special presentations and autograph sessions.
The weekend begins on Friday night with The Columbian Theatre’s production of “The Wiz”, featuring an introduction with the Oz special guests and the original Munchkins from the 1939 MGM movie at the beginning of each show. Tickets sell out quickly; call the Columbian Theatre box office at 800-899-1893 for tickets or online at www. ColumbianTheatre.com. Also in Friday night is a V.I.P. Reception at the OZ Museum. Come and enjoy refreshments and mingle with the Special Guests – tickets are $25/person and proceeds support the OZ Museum. There are only a limited number of tickets available, calls 866-458-8686 to order.
Presentations and autograph sessions featuring original Munchkins from the 1939 MGM classic, Judy Garland and Oz collectors and historians, as well as descendants of L. Frank Baum are the featured events of this year’s festival.
In addition to all of the great presentations and special guests there will be games and activities throughout the weekend for everyone to enjoy. Waters Party Rental Munchkinland will feature inflatables and kids games and activities. All-day passes are $10 and proceeds benefit Brilliant Beginnings Preschool and the OZ Museum.
"This year visitors are going to be able to see a not yet released movie, Witches of Oz, and brand new presentations from our guests" said OZ Museum Director, Mercedes Michalowski.
The live entertainment stage will be going all day both Saturday and Sunday, featuring some local and regional talent, including the Wamego High School Jazz Band, Hannah Conroy-Philbrook, the Stan Basgall Band, and Kansas City band The Transients.
"One of the best things about the festival is seeing all of our repeat visitors and the new ones who are discovering and enjoying the festival for the first time," Michalowski said.
OZtoberFest is a joint project of the OZ Museum, Columbian Theatre, and Wamego Chamber of Commerce/Main Street and Convention & Visitors Bureau of Wamego
Details and information can be found at www.oztoberfest.com or by
calling the OZ Museum at 866-458-TOTO (8686)