Wednesday, September 15, 2010


The Duneland Business Initiative Group had a fantastic time bringing the Wizard of Oz Festival back to Chesterton, Indiana in 2009. For 2010, the group promises more fabulous fun! We invite the young and young of heart to Chesterton's historical downtown streets of Broadway and Calumet as they are transformed into the Land of Oz. Details are in the making for the 2010 fest, however festival goers can anticipate Saturday's festival favorite, this year named the Horse of a Different Color Parade. Festival goers will also enjoy the collections and excitement of the auction at the Oz Collectors Exchange and Auction.  Again, don't step on the Ruby Slippers of the teens at the Oz-mopolitan Teen Dance; sing along with the Oz Idol contestants both days of the festival. Brunch with the Munchkins, visit the many contests, enjoy browsing through the specially selected vendor booths featuring everything from hand-crafted artisan wares to the ever-popular Oz memorabilia. Food booths will abound offering palette-pleasing entrees and snacks served up by local eateries and non-profit organizations. Come join the Oz fantasy, because There Is No Place Like Home!
LOOK for author James C. Wallace II there to enlighten the festival even more.Look for his Oz books on google.


All events are listed here - for more detailed information - please check out it's specific page.
All times are CST (same as Chicago)
Friday, September 17th
2pm - 4pm Celebrity Walk/Autograph Sessions
2pm - 4pm Picture Yourself in Oz, 101 Broadway
2pm - 6pm Emerald City Party in the Park

Saturday, September 18th
8am Run to Oz - 5k run
9am - 5pm Food and Craft Vendors Downtown
9am - 5pm Munchkin Kid Zone - 3rd and Broadway
10am - Horse of a Different Color parade kicks off
Noon - 5pm Picture Yourself in Oz
Noon - 4:30pm Oz Idol preliminaries
Noon - 5pm Bingo by Moose Lodge - in the park
Noon - 4pm Look-a-Like Contests (corner of 3rd & Broadway)
1pm - 4pm Celebrity Autograph Party
3pm - 4:30 pm Dorothy's Birthday Party
6pm - 9pm Oz-Mopolitan Teen Dance
6:30pm 49'er Drive in opens - showing Wizard of Oz
7pm - 10pm Oz Collector's Exchange & AuctionSunday, September 19th
9am - 11:30am Brunch with the Munchkins
10am - 4pm Food and Craft Vendors Downtown
10am - 4pm Munchkin Kid Zone
10am - 3pm Picture Yourself in Oz
10am - 4pm Bingo by Moose Lodge
12:30pm - 3:30pm - Celebrity Autograph Party
2:15pm - 3pm Other contests
3pm Oz Idol Finale
3:45pm - Winners announced - Oz Idol and 50/50 raffle
4pm Final


Festival Founder - Jean Nelson

Munchkins ...
Lollipop Kid - Jerry Maren & wife Elizabeth
Flower Pot Lady - Margaret Pellegrini
Trumpeter - Karl Slover
Munchkin by marriage - Mary Ellen St. Aubin
Munchkin by marriage - Myrna Swensen

Judy Garland Stand-in - Caren Marsh-Doll

L. Frank Baum Great-Grand Son ...
Robert Baum & wife Clare

Judy Garland Historian & Author ...
John Fricke

 Judy Garland Dress Collector ...
Michael Siewert

And Sculpture & Artist...
Tim Wolak


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