Chittenango The annual Oz-Stravaganza is going to be a bit different in 2014 from years’ past.
For one thing, it’s the 75th anniversary of the release of the movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” which made its debut in theaters in August 1939. And in celebration, organizers are attempting to do something they’ve never done in the 36 years the event has been held: they’re going to try to make it into the “Guinness Book of World Records.”
“All together, we’ve been planning this for about 20 months,” said Judy Dardzinski, the originator of the world record attempt concept and a member of the world record committee. “Peter Dimon, a member of the Manlius Chamber of Commerce, saw that there was a listing in the book of world records of 446 people in England who broke the record for wearing Oz costumes in one location. He came to me and said, ‘You guys could do this,’ and we’ve been planning from there.”
Dardzinski, who has worked on Oz-Stravanganza for the last four years, said she knew from the get-go that this was something that could be big.
“Dressing up in costume is something that people love to do, especially Oz costumes,” she said. “Last year, we had 120 people enter the Oz costume contest. When people put on costumes; they laugh, the kids are having fun, everyone’s complimenting each other on their costumes — it’s just a wonderful feeling.”
The world record attempt will be held on June 7 at the Chittenango High School football field. Everyone is invited to be a part of the event, and participants should plan to arrive around 10 a.m. to begin lining up.
Because it is for the “Guinness Book of World Records,” there are strict rules and procedures that need to be followed, Dardzinski said. She received a 17-page document which outlines exactly what must be done to be considered for a spot in the book.