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Oz-Stravaganza 2020 CANCELLED

Dear Oz Fans:
Today the International L. Frank Baum & All Things Oz Historical Foundation board of trustees decided to cancel the 2020 Oz-Stravaganza festival. The current Covid-19 outbreak has an unknown timeline and may well be slowing down by the first weekend in June, but as this is uncertain, we wanted to make sure we gave everyone enough notice.
    This was not a decision we came to lightly. The festival accounts for nearly 50% of our annual budget and brings OZ fans together for a weekend of fun and camaraderie, but we are always mindful of the safety of our volunteers, guests, and sponsors, and it would be irresponsible to move forward at this time.
    The All Things Oz Museum also remains temporarily closed. We will continue to share updates on the museum and when we plan to reopen as they become available.
    Be safe, be well, and remember to plan on joining us for Oz-stravaganza next year, (to be held June 4-6, 2021).

The International L. Frank Baum & All Things Oz Historical Foundation is a 100% volunteer organization and a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The group is a chartered historical foundation in NY state.


In 1978, Librarian Clara Houck set out on a mission to acknowledge the history of the Village of Chittenango as the Birthplace of author L. Frank Baum. Baum would go on to write the American fairy tale- “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” to the delight of children around the world.

Clara organized the very first celebration. Local children dressed up as OZ characters and paraded around the library parking lot on May 15th. Then they went inside, had birthday cake and sang Happy Birthday to L. Frank Baum.

A lot has changed since then. The festival became a multi-day event. Changed names from Oz-Fest to Oz-Stravaganza, and saw crowds increase from a few hundred for the parade to several thousand for the festival. The event is now run by the International L. Frank Baum & All Things Oz Historical Foundation. A non-profit, 100% volunteer organization who does it all for the love of Oz.

We are getting ready to celebrate our 42nd festival. The longest running and largest Wizard of Oz themed festival in the world is getting ready to dazzle thousands of fans, young and old alike in the birthplace of its creator, Lyman Frank Baum. 

This year, whether you are a first time visitor or a well-traveled Ozian, we invite you to join us in the Syracuse suburb of Chittenango, NY. Special guests, live music, costume contests, festival food, rides, games, authors and artists, vendors galore, fireworks, and a museum dedicated to All Things Oz. 

Come to Chittenango the first weekend of June. Join us for the whole weekend or just a day. And as for transportation- Syracuse has service by train, bus, and air. Of course…you can always arrive by broomstick, bubble or horse of a different color, if you choose.

No matter how you get here, we’ll be waiting to celebrate the OZ universe with you. Whether you fancy the MGM film or the books, Wicked, the WIZ, OzLand, Emerald City, Return to Oz, Oz: The Great and powerful or any other version of OZ- we have something for everyone. If you are an OZ fan…you definitely belong because after all…there’s no place like home! 

Ways to Support the Museum
The Pandemic has had the All Things Oz Museum closed since March during this time we had held live pop up sales on Facebook to support the museum.
    This has worked well but we need your help for a project we have underway while we are closed. When our doors open again there will be a fresh new look. The carpeting has been replaced and we are working on a new layout.

CASE DONATION Are you looking for a way to honor or memorialize someone important to you? You can permanently adopt (sponsor) a new display case in the Oz museum which would include a certificate on the case for a donation of $300.00. 
    To adopt a case simply send your $300.00 donation through paypal at: donate2oz@yahoo.com or you can mail a check payable to: All Things Oz and mail it to: All Things Oz P.O. Box 456, Chittenango, NY 13037. 
    Please note: “case donation” on all donations via check or paypal. A museum board member will contact you for certificate information. 
    Questions: main@allthingsoz.org or call 315-415-8546 or 315-687-7772 (leave a message). Please help us to honor The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, and All Things Oz related in Baum's birthplace.


Welcome to our blog written by John Fricke, who is widely regarded as the world's preeminent Wizard of Oz and Judy Garland historian/author. 

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