Wizard of Oz fans revel at New London festival Last Friday, Aug. 25, marked the 78th anniversary of the release of “The Wizard of Oz,” making the event timely. There was no mistaking the Nelsons — Mom Sandi and twin brother and sister Jared and Jordyn, 14 — as huge fans of the beloved 1939 movie, “The Wizard of Oz.” Saturday, they dressed in character, along with dozens of other devoted fans, at the first Wizard of Oz Days at the New London City Park. Sandi was the Scarecrow, Jordyn played Dorothy and Jared was dressed in a hot-looking Tin Man suit, complete with silver electrical tape around his arms and calves to hold the outfit in place. Sandi Nelson says her fondness for the movie is a family thing. Her mother was named for Judy Garland. The “Wizard of Oz” was part of the Sandi’s childhood household. “This is how we celebrate her,” Sandi said of her mother as the family walked around the park grounds.
‘Wizard of Oz’ festival celebrates long-loved characters, story Dorothy, Toto and their friends traveled from Oz to New London this weekend for the town’s first “Wizard of Oz” festival. The popular characters mingled with attendees, and various performances and activities based around the story were held. “It’s a great family activity. There is no generation that has not been touched by ‘The Wizard of Oz,'” said Zachary Ryan Allen, who has portrayed the Scarecrow with the touring company Spirit of Oz since 2005. Allen also is an ordained minister, and Bishop plans to hold a contest this year where a lucky local couple get to be married by the Scarecrow and have on Oz-themed wedding at the 2018 festival.