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Kokomo Kids' to participate in Oz-Stravaganza 2009

The "Kokomo Kids," the official Oz characters of the annual Chesterton Indiana Oz festival will travel to Chittenango to make their first appearance at Oz-Stravaganza. The group became known as the "Kokomo Kids" because they hail from Kokomo, Ind., is made up mainly of college students.

They are all actors and singers, and they will be performing an Oz song-and-dance routine at a variety of times throughout Oz-Stravaganza weekend. The characters will be available for photos and autographs and can be seen marching in the 31st annual Oz parade.

In addition to the Indiana Oz festival they have performed at the Indianapolis 500, the Indiana State Fair and various other events throughout Indiana.

Members of the cast include Zachary Allen as Scarecrow, Kristen Tepe as Dorothy, Kate Kramer as Glinda, Peter Weldy as Tin Man, Jonathan Newlon as Cowardly Lion and Anita Burkhead as the Wicked Witch.

Zachary Allen, the founder of the Kokomo Kids, said the group always has a great time spreading the love and magic of the "Wizard of Oz" to fans, children and adults alike, and they are looking forward to being part of Oz-Stravaganza.

Oz-Stravaganza information can be found at oz-stravaganza.com and chittenango.org.

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