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Chamber: Would-have-been-Oz-weekend may draw visitors

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There may be a few more folks than normal in the Downtown on Saturday, at the European Market, after traveling here to enjoy the canceled Wizard of Oz Festival, the Duneland Chamber of Commerce is saying.

Traditionally the third weekend of September has been all about Oz in Chesterton, but the festival has been retired.

Some statewide publications, however, have in fact listed the event not only as still taking place but as taking place on the second Saturday, the coming one, and Chamber staff anticipate more than a few visitors coming to town with the expectation of experiencing the Oz Festival.

“The Duneland Business Initiative Group did an excellent job of getting the word out about the cancellation of the Oz Fest,” Chamber Executive Director Heather Ennis said.

“DBIG has been an incredible partner to this community over the years, and we fully support their decision to step away from hosting this festival. We elected to host the European Market on Oz Festival weekend, so that Chesterton would still maintain a festive, tourist-attracting atmosphere. We fully anticipate that there will be folks coming to town expecting the Oz Fest, but in hosting the Market, we plan to do everything we can to make their experiences of our town good ones.”

To request information about Chesterton’s European Market, to RSVP for any of the Chamber’s events, or to request information on membership, please call the Chamber office at (219) 926-5513, visit, or email


Posted 9/12/2013