The 29th Wizard of Oz Festival will officially kick off on Friday,
transforming downtown Chesterton into the Emerald City with witches,
Dorothys, Munchkins and all else Oz.
The full schedule of events appears as an insert in today’s Chesterton
Tribune. For more information, see the website at
are some highlights.
Celebrity Walk, 2 to 4 p.m. Visit downtown businesses to get autographs from
Oz celebrities such as Robert and Clare Baum, Judy Garland dress curator
Michael Siewert, and Lollipop Kid Jerry Maren and wife Elizabeth.
Doroth of Oz trading card hunt, 2 p.m. Hunt for trading cards promoting the
upcoming movie “Dorothy of Oz” at various businesses.
Emerald City Party in the Park, 2 to 6 p.m. Songs, skits, acrobats, and
magic will abound in Thomas Centennial Park.
Official opening ceremony, 4:30 p.m. The 2010 Mayor of Munckinland, Emerson
DeLaney, will officially welcome everyone to the Emerald City, with
entertainment from the official Oz characters and Chesterton High School
Watch the 1939 classic: The 49er Drive-In will be showing the 1939 classic
film, with official characters on hand to greet and entertain those
Run to Oz, 8 a.m. Race is sponsored by the Duneland YMCA.
Horse of a Different Color parade, 10 a.m. Parade steps off at Porter Avenue
and Eighth Street, then east on Broadway, south on 4th Street east on
Indiana Avenue, south on Calumet Avenue, then west on Lincoln Avenue before
ending at Fifth Street.
Oz Idol Preliminaries, noon to 5 p.m. The competition will be in the
Bandstand in Thomas Park. Five finalists will advance to the finals on
Sunday. See the rules on the website.
Look A Like Contests, noon to 4 p.m., Allegius parking lot, Third Street and
Broadway. Contests include Crazy Hat, Dorothy, Glinda, Munckin, Scarecrow,
Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion.
Celebrity Autograph Sessions, 1 to 4 p.m., Hoham House, 135 S. Calumet.
Admission is $3. Tickets are on sale one-half hour prior to each session,
with 50 tickets available for each.
Ozmopolitan Teen Dance, 6 to 9 p.m., Moose Lodge, 602 Broadway. Admission is
$3, for ages 12 to 18. The local band, “The Getbacks,” will perform.
Oz Collector’s Exchange and Auction, 7 to 10 p.m., Chesterton High School.
Admission is $4. Exhibitors will sell and trade Oz collectibles, with
celebrities available for autographs.
Brunch wth the Munchkins (Brunchkin), 9 to 11:30 a.m., Chesterton High
School. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Picture Yorself in Oz, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 101 Broadway. Have a photo
taken with Tim Wolak’s lifelike re-creations of Oz characters.
Contests, 2:15 to 3 p.m., Thomas Park Bandstand. Contests include a Toto
Look-A-Like, Dorothy Calling, Wicked Witch Cackling.
Oz Idol Finals, 3 p.m. Thomas Park Bandstand. The five finalists will sing
Grand Finale, 4 p.m. Thomas Park Bandstand.
Hunt for Oz collector cards with these clues
One of the events at this weekend’s Wizard of Oz Festival is a hunt for
collector cards promoting the upcoming animated movie, “Dorothy of Oz,”
expected to be released in 2012.
Starting at 2 p.m. on Friday, cards will be in various local businesses.
Card collectors should figure out the clue then stop by that business and
collect their card. There will be a limited supply of cards. The businesses
will continue to give out cards all weekend or until they are gone.
The clues are as follows:
1. The Lion loves being here because it always smells so good.
2. The Scarecrow feels right at home among the plants and garden tools.
3. Although the Tinman can’t eat, he is very happy to welcome one of
Chesterton's new restaurants.
4. While hanging around here, the China Princess is thinking of updating her
5. Dorothy has discovered fine dining while hanging out here. This isn’t
Auntie Em’s cooking.
6. Marshal Mallow hopes he isn't mistaken for a marshmallow while hanging
7. The Jester is liking his hiding place. The food is good and he has heard
it used to be an ice cream shop.
8. Wiser loves the biscuits and gravy and all the other breakfast and lunch
items at his hiding place.
9. While being here, Toto is looking for a special outfit for Dorothy and
loves hearing stories about the owner’s dog.
Those who win a look-a-like contest or one of the other contests during the
festival can also win a complete set of the cards.
As indicated by the clues, the “Dorothy of Oz” movie includes new
characters. The plot begins as Dorothy returns to Kansas to find it
devastated by the tornado that originally carried her to Oz. As she begins
to react to the destruction of her own home and community, she is
transported back to Oz by a new means, where her three friends, the
Scarecrow, Lion and Tin Man, have disappeared. She ventures to new, unseen
corners of Oz and meets a charming man made of marshmallows who can’t quite
think for himself, a tiny china doll princess whose bossiness is a cover for
her fragility, and an elderly tugboat who tries hard to fit in with the
Dorothy must help this group band together against the Jester, a wicked new
villain who believes that all of Oz should be under his control. On her new
journey, Dorothy learns the true value of teamwork in times of need, a
message she’s then able to take back to Kansas, to help get her own people
back on their feet.