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Special Events

  1. OZtoberFest

    September 26 - September 27 @ The OZ Museum

    2014 marks the 10th year for OZtoberFest. Truly a community festival, OZtoberFest is a celebration of America’s most beloved fairytale and a tribute to what makes Wamego unique. The festival kicks off on Friday night and runs through the day on Saturday. It revolves around OZ celebrities including original Munchkins from the 1939 MGM classic, descendants of L. Frank Baum, and Oz and Judy Garland historians. Activities include autograph sessions, special presentations, and a live stage production at the historic Columbian Theatre. Since 2005, OZtoberFest has attracted over 10,000 festival goers to the area. Attendees have traveled from as far as Florida and Michigan with the majority coming from Kansas. We hope to see you this year!

  2. Night at the Museum

    September 26, 7:30 PM @ The OZ Museum

    Night at the Museum is the kickoff event for OZtoberFest. This fundraiser for the OZ Museum facade will be September 26th, 2014 at 7:30 pm. There will be live characters in the alcove at the Night at the Museum and throughout the museum as well as special guests attending like John Fricke whom will be singing along with the characters throughout the night, Johnpaul Cafiero, and Paul Miles Schneider.

  3. Flint Hills FORCES II: Our Town, Our Fort, Our University

    September 27, 2014 - February 1, 2015 @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Flint Hills FORCES II explores the period between 1917 and 1963 when Manhattan, Fort Riley and Kansas State University intertwined to become one community encountering numerous opportunities for change in the 20th century.

    Visitors can immerse themselves in human experiences and events including: a soldier training for trench warfare during WWI, opulence of the Roaring Twenties at the Wareham Hotel, trying times of the Great Depression, a WWII forward observer's jeep and supplies and family life around the television in a 1950's Manhattan living room.

    This project is funded in part by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit culture organization promoting the understanding of the history, traditions and ideas that shape our lives and build community.

  4. Konza Prairie Visitors’ Day

    September 27, 8:00 AM @ Konza Prairie Biological Station

    Konza Prairie Biological Station is opened up to the general public once every other year and this is it – Visitors’ Day. We have food and activities for the whole family in the station headquarters area including regular bus rides around our Bison Loop. American Bison are used on Konza Prairie to see the effects of native grazers on the tallgrass prairie. Join us for fun, food, bison, grasshoppers, and lots of other fun for the family.