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Originally published: 2012-09-28 10:37:37
Last modified: 2012-09-28 10:37:37

Annual Autumn at Oz Celebration October 6 and 7

Thousands will enjoy a nostalgic stroll down the yellow brick road this fall during Beech Mountain’s 19th annual Autumn at Oz weekend.

This year’s event is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7, and celebrates the former Land of Oz theme park, which operated from 1970 to 1980 high atop Beech Mountain.

Autumn at Oz began as a one-day reunion of park employees, and has grown to two days of fun that attract thousands from near and far. 

Attendees ride the ski chairlift or take a motor coach to the mountaintop to meet Dorothy, visit an Oz museum, tour Dorothy’s House and experience a one-of-a-kind stroll on a yellow brick road comprised of 44,000 bricks.

Along the way, the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow, Professor Marvel, Glinda the Good Witch, Auntie Em, Uncle Henry and the Great & Powerful Wizard will all be waiting to great guests.

“The elevation at the top of the mountain provides a setting unlike any other. We have huge boulders, ancient trees and giant ferns. It really is an enchanted forest,” event coordinator Cindy Keller said. “Each year, we probably see a thousand little Dorothys. They come in all sizes and shapes. It’s pretty much guaranteed to put a smile on your face.”

The festivities also include live music, games, food vendors and crafts vendors. Many of these activities, along with parking, will be available this year at Beech Mountain Resort, which will serve as base camp for Autumn at Oz.

Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite Oz character.

Autumn at Oz has multiple sessions each day, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and running through 5:30 p.m. Tickets, which are in limited supply, are $20 and available online by clicking to http://www.autumnatoz.com.Children age two and under are admitted for free. The property is not wheelchair accessible or accommodating to large strollers.

For more information, click to http://www.autumnatoz.com or call (800) 468-5506.