Mark your calendars for the
September 27, 28, 29
To be announced
Jewelry, purses, alligator, floral, popcorn, children's accessories, photography, home-made pie, dog treats, honey, wishing wells, bierrocks, face painting, buffalo burgers, gourd art, wood benches,
funnel cakes and more.
Children's petting zoo
Follow the Yellow Brick Road and
take a picture with the cutouts of the Oz characters!
vendor application for craft and home based business
vendor application for food vendors
vendor application for non-profit
Bring your little Munchkin to the Munchkinland Kid's Inflatable play area featuring two bounce houses and a giant slide. $5 to bounce all day!
Friar Johnpaul Cafiero, OFM s a Franciscan Priest of the Sacred Heart Province of Chicago/St. Louis. Born and raised in the New York Metro area, Friar Johnpaul is the oldest of an Italian/Polish Catholic family. He is a former police officer who has worked as a counselor and chaplain at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center in Chicago. As a follower of St. Francis of Assisi, Friar Johnpaul’s love of the poor and outcasts is only surpassed by his love of the scripture. This comes through his many speaking and preaching engagements.
Johnpaul writes, "Why is Oz so special? I grew up in an alcoholic family – my grandfather and my dad. Dad was in the Navy and was away a lot. He always made it a point to get home for the annual TV showing of The Wizard of Oz. It was family night, with big chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate. There wasn’t any fighting or loud shouting. It was just us together and enjoying each other’s company, hiding under our pillows when the Wicked Witch appeared. As I got older and Dad got sober (40 years now) I realized why Oz was so important. It was the place I could go, when “Kansas got crazy”. It was that place “over the rainbow … where troubles melt like lemon drops …”, it was a place of magic.
I have used the collection and the wisdom of Oz to do mentoring retreats with inner city kids in Chicago. We talk about friends on the yellow brick road of life, of haunted forests, wicked witches and flying monkeys – drugs, gangs, poverty, and violence. I ask them to look to the Wizard (God) for advice and the way home. I get them to see the magic in their own hands – ruby slippers. Yes Oz is a very special place for me, my family and all those “young at heart” in search of the magic in life. "
The OZ Museum hosts one of the broadest collections of OZ Memoribilia in existance. Come and explore over 100 years of OZ history, from the first edition L. Frank Baum books published in 1900 to the most current collectable pieces. Shop in the OZ Museum gift shop for everything from exclusive apparel to waterglobes and other unique collectables.