Chittenango This weekend, June 6 through 8, the village of Chittenango will once again turn into the Land of Oz for the 36th annual Oz-Stravaganza! themed “Timeless Oz.” Roger Baum, great grandson of L. Frank Baum, will serve as grand marshal when the parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday on Genesee Street. Plenty of free parking is available on both ends of town and a free shuttle operates all day Saturday and Sunday.
The weekend offers a wide variety of family friendly activities.
Friday, June 6 — Oz Park opens at 1 p.m. with crafters, vendors, silent auction, Oz programming and food. At 4 p.m. amusement rides and games open.
Before the 9:30 p.m. Oz-some fireworks display at Community Recognition Park, enjoy a chicken barbeque starting at 5 p.m. There will be music by The Rugburns and Spectrum beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 7 — The fun begins at 10 a.m. when Oz Park opens for a full day of activities including crafters, vendors, food, autographs, silent auction, Oz programming, free entertainment, history exhibit and more. The amusement rides will open at noon.
Sunday, June 8 — Sunday morning the park again opens at 10 a.m. for another day of family fun with the amusement rides opening at noon. The grand finale will begin at 3:30 p.m.
Hot air balloon launches will take place each evening at 6:30 p.m. June 5 through 8. Reservations to ride can be made by calling 761-8201. Spectators are welcome. Launches take place from the entrance to Sullivan Park on Lake Street.
Other highlights include the grand re-opening of the All Things Oz Museum and Baum's Bazaar gift shop at 219 Genesee St., the attempt to break the world record for most people in Wizard of Oz movie costumes and nine amazing Oz guests to meet.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit oz-stravaganza.com.