Smithfield Halloween display created by a couple of wizards For 75 years, “The Wizard of Oz” has been entertaining families on the silver screen, TV and through VHS and DVDs. But it’s been 20-plus years since the cast made its appearance in Johnston (at first) and now at 14 Red Wing Trail in Esmond. The display began at the home of Mark Smith, but when he and his first wife divorced, the cast needed a new home. Dave Keene, his friend since kindergarten — they’re both now 49 — stepped up. The display “started with the Tin Man and kind of grew from there,” said Smith. “The Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Wizard, those are the original three.” “He’s been doing this forever,” noted Keene. “We were in kindergarten making circles and squares, and he’s making Bullwinkle and Rocky.” Smith, who works in a machine shop at Dean Machine, in Cranston, chose the “Oz” figures because he believed he needed “to get away from skeletons, ghouls and goblins, yet still have that Halloween feel.”
‘Wizard of Oz’ coming in 3D for one-time showing The Lake Arts Council, Hy-Vee, and Wehrenberg Theater Eagles’ Landing, are thrilled to bring one of the most beloved films of all time to the lake area. On Saturday, Nov. 8, you will be able to see the classic “The Wizard of Oz” in 3D beginning at 11 a.m. This event is partially sponsored by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. In addition to seeing the fabulous classic in 3D, The Lake Arts Council will sponsor a “Wizard of Oz” costume contest for all children, preschool through high school. Judging will begin at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the theater. Prizes will be awarded to winners in four age groups. Remember, only “Wizard of Oz” costumes may compete in the contest.