Wizard of Oz Festival Gets Underway in Grand Rapids

Festivities began with a tea party and live music inside Judy Garland's historic childhood home

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – The 42nd annual Wizard of Oz Festival got underway in Grand Rapids on Thursday.

Festivities began with a tea party and live music inside Judy Garland’s historic childhood home.

Friday night, The Wizard of Oz will play outside on a jumbo screen on the Evergreen Terrace lawn next to the museum.

Organizers say this event brings in people from across the country each year to remember Garland’s legacy and celebrate the timeless film.

“France has the Mona Lisa, America has The Wizard of Oz,” says John Kelsch, director of the Judy Garland Museum. β€œIt’s so much a part of our culture. It’s an American masterpiece.”

The Emerald City Fest on Saturday will feature free carriage rides and games for kids.

There are also some new exhibits at the museum featuring the ruby red slippers and the munchkins.