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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Part 1: The 30th Annual Chesterton Wizard of Oz Festival and Magician of Oz!

Last weekend saw the annual gathering of Oz folks in the northern Indiana town of Chesterton celebrating all things Oz. For me, this was my 3rd year in attendance and, I'm pleased to say, my best so far...

Attendance this year seemed very good for Saturday and clear skies with warm temperatures made for a very pleasant day in Oz.

The drive up from Terre Haute was fairly uneventful and by 9am, I had set up and made myself ready for the onslaught of Oz fans.

Fortunately, I'm getting much better at looking happy. I was pleased to feature my newest book, Of Cabbages, Kings, and Even (Odd) Queens of Wonderland and Oz, which I co-wrote with Ron Baxley, Jr..
This was also the Chesterton premier of Family of Oz, which completes the Royal Magician of Oz Trilogy and fulfills Her Majesty's Royal Command that I tell the story of Her newest royal magician and his travels into and out of Oz.

The day itself was full of Dorothy's...

... and even one of the canine variety!

Dorothy's house made it's debut this year and was very impressive. I'm just glad I didn't go for a ride in it!

I was very pleased to be stationed next to some lovely costume reproductions, including Glinda's dress and both the Flowerpot Munchkin's dress and the Coroner's Robes/Hat.

 There was also a great reproduction of the Wicked Witch of the West's dress, including something I had never seen until very recently.

What's this???? Could it be???? Yes!!! The Wicked Witch of the West had a purse!!! Alright, it's called a Waist Satchel... but it still looks like a purse to me!

The Gazebo looked great!

And the usual characters were bounding about as usual!!!


It was nice to meet up with Michael Siewert once more. I find him to be a genuine pleasure to be around and I always look forward to his company. It's this way with everyone I see at these festivals. They treat me like one of the family and I am most grateful for their friendship and fellowship.

As usual, there were street performers who were very entertaining...

Near the end of the day, I couldn't help but notice a nefarious pair of Oz folks, making their way through the crowds...

It would seem that the Wicked Witch of the West is out shopping for a new dress...

On Saturday evening, I was most fortunate enough to attend the Oz Collectors Exchange and Auction where I served as the volunteer Auctioneer, along with Mike Dykens (I hope I spelled that right). Having been a Ringman for auctions for over 25 years now, I thought I would be fairly good at it... and it turns out I am, but wow is it hard work!!! Still though, I felt like I did my part to support the fine folks who put this together as a charity fundraiser for next years event. Everyone seemed to have a good time, which is always important in the Land of Oz.

Afterwards, I found a very nice Irish Tavern that served an excellent prescription of Irish Root Beer (that's Guinness beer served in a root beer mug) which helped my ailing, sore throat after the night's work calling bids.

So for now, I'll call it a day and save Sunday's events for another posting. 

All in all, Saturday was a fine day in Oz, both for me as an author, a fan of all things Oz and as an Auctioneer.


  1. How deliciously Ozzian. Thanks for sharing. Oma Linda

  2. Psst - I think you mean Mike Lykins.

    At any rate, it was good seeing you again! Oh, and thanks for letting me and Glinda use that golf cart on Saturday morning!!!

  3. GREAT PICS James!! One correction--it's Mike Lykins (not Dykens). It was a pleasure having you help us with the Auction--THANK YOU!!

    Kelly Pepin

  4. Please forgive my memory. It was a long, hard night! I hope someone has pics of me in action?