There may be a few more folks than normal in the Downtown on Saturday, at
the European Market, after traveling here to enjoy the canceled Wizard of Oz
Festival, the Duneland Chamber of Commerce is saying.
Traditionally the third weekend of September has been all about Oz in
Chesterton, but the festival has been retired.
Some statewide publications, however, have in fact listed the event not only
as still taking place but as taking place on the second Saturday, the
coming one, and Chamber staff anticipate more than a few visitors coming to
town with the expectation of experiencing the Oz Festival.
“The Duneland Business Initiative Group did an excellent job of getting the
word out about the cancellation of the Oz Fest,” Chamber Executive Director
Heather Ennis said.
“DBIG has been an incredible partner to this community over the years, and
we fully support their decision to step away from hosting this festival. We
elected to host the European Market on Oz Festival weekend, so that
Chesterton would still maintain a festive, tourist-attracting atmosphere. We
fully anticipate that there will be folks coming to town expecting the Oz
Fest, but in hosting the Market, we plan to do everything we can to make
their experiences of our town good ones.”
To request information about Chesterton’s European Market, to RSVP for any
of the Chamber’s events, or to request information on membership, please
call the Chamber office at (219) 926-5513, visit