Gala, petting zoo added to OztoberFest agenda

By Ben Hopper

The ninth annual OztoberFest is this weekend.

In addition to the Oz-themed attractions that bring people to Wamego from all over the nation, this year’s event features many activities designed to appeal to residents of all ages.

The Inaugural Oz Museum Fundraising Gala benefiting the Oz Museum Facade Fund is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday.

This year’s entertainment will be Betti O singing the music of Harold Arlen,  the man who wrote the songs for “The Wizard of Oz” and many other shows and movies. She will be accompanied by the Bill Harshbarger Jazz Ensemble, also featuring Emmy award winner and Grammy nominee John Fricke.

The museum’s goal is to enhance the exterior of the museum to make it an attraction in itself, joining the exhibits inside as the best Oz presence in the world. Tickets are $60 per person. The price includes wine, beer, appetizers, dinner, and concert. There is limited seating. Make your reservations by calling the Columbian box office at (800) 899-1893.

The ninth-annual Yellow Brick Road Ride is at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, beginning at the Wamego Middle School. Proceeds from the ride go to the Wam-Sag-Man Trail account in the Wamego Community Foundation. A 5K race, One Wicked Run, is also part of this year’s activities. The race begins at Riverfront Park.

New activities for children also have been added to the roster, which now includes an expanded petting zoo, Oz look-alike contests, and coloring and writing competitions. Activities for the kids are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

On Saturday, dance the night away with the Pott County Posse. It is a complete evening package of dinner and entertainment at the Columbian Theatre. Tickets for the 7 p.m. event are at the Columbian Box Office.

Other attractions during the weekend will include the annual Oz Winery Tallgrass Brewery barbecue tent and the entertainment stage, featuring area talent and numerous Oz-themed competitions.

“A new, fun event will be the smartphone scavenger hunt,” said Shawn Lane, who is putting together the contest. “Oz-themed items will be located in discreet locations throughout the festival grounds.  Take some photos and email them to the designated email address.  That’s all it takes to win a fun Oz collectible from the museum.”

Here’s a look at other area events.





Behind the Scences: Library of Wonder, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Featuring a talk by Thomas Bell and David Allen of Hale Library and Adrianne Russell of the Beach Museum of Art on the origins of this collaborative exhibition and its future impact. Hemisphere Room.

Manhattan Public Library ‘80s Film Series: “Back to the Future,” 7 p.m. Public Library.

McCain Performance Series presents the Blue Man Group, 7:30 p.m. Blue Man Group is known for its theatrical shows and concerts which combine comedy, music and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment. For tickets, visit or call (785) 532-6428. McCain Auditorium.

Open Acoustic Jam on the Patio, 9 p.m. Aggie Central Station.





Kids’ Free Movie: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” 3 p.m. Public Library.

Peters Recreation Grand Opening, 3-5 p.m. Rec Center.

Lecture: “Girls Had Game: Locating the History of Women’s Play We Forgot to Remember” by K-State alum Laine Nooney, 4-5 p.m. Leadership Studies Town Hall.

Manhattan Arts Center presents “The Pirates of Penzance,” 7:30 p.m. Also 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 2 p.m. Sunday. This popular Gilbert and Sullivan musical comedy features The Pirate King, the model of a modern Major-General and his many wards, and lots of pirates and policemen. Come dressed as a pirate on Saturday to prizes for the best costumes. Kids aged 5-11 can do Art Play/Date Night, an art class and move night for kids in the MAC Artroom while you enjoy the show in the Grosh Performance Hall. Also on Saturday, the MAC celebrates 20 years at 1520 Poyntz with refreshments from 5-7 p.m. For tickets or call (785) 537-4420.

UPC Film: “World War Z,” 8 p.m. $2. Also 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday for $3. Student Union Forum Hall.

K-State After Hours: Comedian Michael Blaustein, 10:15 p.m. Free. Student Union Forum Hall.

KROCK and Tallgrass Brewery present Aggiefest 2013, through Saturday. Featuring more than 60 bands in eight venues. For information, visit

The Field Day Jitters at 6 p.m., Joshua Jay & The Nighthawks at 7:45 p.m., SHEL at 9 p.m. and Andy Frasco at 11:30 p.m. at Aggie Central Station.





Downtown Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1p.m. Dillard’s west parking lot.

Beach Museum Pop Art Portrait Workshop: 10 a.m. Learn about making portraits and create your own. Public Library.

Video game program by K-State instructor Nathan Bean, 2-4 p.m. Bean will talk about the history of gaming and demonstrate how to build your own video game in the library’s Technology Center. Part of KSBN and “Ready Player One.” Public Library.

30th Annual Manhattan Catholic Schools Auction: Diamond and Denim, 5:30-11 p.m. St. Thomas Moore’s Utopia Room.

Chris Aytes & The Good Ambition at 4 p.m., Get Buys Living at 6 p.m., Not A Planet at 7:45 p.m., The Aaron Woods Band at 9:30 p.m., and Antennas Up at 11:30 p.m. at Aggie Central Station.





Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bluestem Bistro.

Flint Hills Discovery Center Family Day, noon-4 p.m. A day of family-oriented activities and exploration.

Read to Dogs, 2-4 p.m. Read to a certified therapy dog. The dogs have been trained to listen, and they help children relax while reading. Avid readers welcome also. No sign up required. Manhattan Public Library Storytime Room.

Movies on the Grass: “Chimpanzee,”  8 p.m. Journey deep into the African rainforest and meet Oscar, an adorable young chimp with an entertaining approach to life, and a remarkable story of individual triumph and family bonds. Narrated by Tim Allen. Sunset Zoo.

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