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The Impact of Oz

For many visitors, stepping foot in Wamego is a trip to the Land of Oz. Since opening in 2003, the Oz Museum has quickly become a must-visit for national travelers and Kansas residents alike. The museum welcomes over 40,000 visitors each year and was recently voted as one of the top 10 attractions in Kansas by USA Today. The economic impact of these visitors to Wamego is significant. They walk down the Yellow Brick Road, check out Oz-themed businesses like Toto’s Tacos and the OZ Winery, and shop for food, fuel and more from local merchants.

OZtoberFest, now in its 13th year, celebrates all things Oz in Wamego each fall with a family-friendly festival. Activities on Saturday, October 7th include kid’s bounce-houses, live entertainment, food vendors, a beer garden, a car show, craft vendors, BBQ Cookoff and more. Additionally, special guest presentations will take place in the Oz Museum during the festival and the Oz Murder Mystery production runs in the Columbian Theatre on October 5th, 6th and 7th.

The Oz-themed special guests featured at OZtoberFest are a very unique component of the festival. Special guests this year include Hamilton Meserve, son of Margaret Hamilton, the “Wicked Witch of the West”, Shanice Williams who stared as “Dorothy” in NBC-TV’s 2015 production of “THE WIZ LIVE!”, Gabriel Gale, author of the new “Ages of Oz” book trilogy from Simon & Schuster, Emmy Award winning producer John Fricke, nationally syndicated film critic Ryan Jay, and Jane Albright, President of The International Wizard of Oz Club. These special guests will give presentation and make appearances throughout the festival. Visit www.OZtoberFest.com for more information and a full schedule of activities.

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Chamber Executive Director

 

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The Wamego Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Daryn Soldan welcomes your thoughts and feedback for the benefit of your Chamber.  You may contact Daryn by email: daryn@wamegochamber.com.

 

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