As always, it starts with a pre-sunrise journey north from my home in Terre Haute, Indiana.
About halfway there, I always come across the Pinwheel Fields, a lovely place that has inspired me in the past to write about them.
Before long, I'm back in Oz, as anyone with an ounce of sense can tell...
I'm fairly certain that the Good Witch in purple is Tattypoo, Good Witch of the North.
As always, I find myself in the morning parade, which always finds the most unusual citizens of Oz milling about.
As usual, the festival was packed... and this year, the weather was very cooperative!!!
The trains though, as usual, were not!!!
It was good to see Michelle Russel in attendance with her newest book, A Cat Named Toto!
As well as Rick Ewigleben and Joe Shipbaugh, both of whom I consider friends and for whom I have the utmost respect.
And best of all, I found myself next to Roger Baum, great grandson of L. Frank Baum, the original author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1899). He and his lovely wife Charlene have more kind to me than I could have ever hoped for. Both Roger and Charlene epitomize all that is good, kind and loving in the Land of Oz!!!
He was very busy that day, not only with his newest book, Enigma of Oz, but with the new movie, Dorothy of Oz, which comes out next year!
The rest of the day saw good sales, despite not having my newest book, The Ozian Adventure of Pickleless & Blu on hand, thanks to Createspace and the idiots that run it! They seem incapable of fulfilling a simple print request on time!!!
Nonetheless, I had a good day and was just grateful I was upwind of the facilities!!!
That evening, I found myself, once more, serving as Guest Auctioneer at the Oz Exchange and Auction.
It was good to see John Fricke in attendance...
As well as Her Majesty, Princess Ozma!
She has also been very kind to me, especially since she is also a fellow teacher. She once gave me the best article on old weather folklore and language, which I turned into one of my favorite lectures! I can't begin to thank her enough for this!!!
Next time, I'll talk about day two of the festival and a wonderful puppet show and some great people of Oz, all of whom make attending very enjoyable.
Totus vos postulo est Amor!!!
James C. Wallace II
Royal Liaison to Princess Ozma