The 29th annual Chesterton Wizard of Oz Festival—rain and all—was a smashing
“It went very well,” Machelle Blount told the Chesterton Tribune
Blout, executive director of the festival and of its local sponsor, the
Duneland Business Initiative Group, did concede that Saturday afternoon’s
rain put something of a damper on attendance. “Attendance was a little bit
down,” she said. “But everyone seemed to be happy. And Sunday was just
The parade itself, on the other hand, on Saturday morning, may well have
been the best, most spectacular ever, at least according to the Oz
celebrities. “The people in the parade told me it was the biggest they’d
ever seen,” Blount said. “Last year’s was big but this year’s was just huge.
People were standing five and six deep to watch it.”
Had it not been for the rain, Blount added, some of the vendors may have
broken the bank on Saturday. “Right after the parade they were swamped. One
vendor said that if it had only been nice, she probably would have sold
“Sunday’s finale was the same,” Blount noted. “The celebrities said it was
the most people who ever showed up.”
And the 2011 edition of the Oz Fest is definitely on, Blount announced.
“It’s the 30th anniversary,” she said. “So yes, we’ll be back next year.”
Chesterton Police Capt. George Nelson, for his part, reported a peaceful
weekend “There were no crashes or arrests in the festival area,” he said.
“There were no major incidents in the Downtown during the festival or
related to the festival. There were no issues of a police nature.”