City Obession with Wizard of Oz

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WS Resident

Branson, MO

#1 Sep 5, 2012
I remember when my family moved to Willow spring 20 years ago and taking my wife and kids to Food and Forest day. Then a couple of years ago they change it to Oz Fest. What is Willow obsession with Wizard of Oz. They have atleast 2-3 plays a year of Wizard of Oz. Put up pictures and items from Wizard of Oz in the old ferguson building window front. Really.... Most kids now a days dont know what Wizard of Oz is. Just think that the city needs to die down thier obession with Wizard of Oz.
Funny

West Plains, MO

#2 Sep 5, 2012
The name is Oz Fall Fest. They have one play in Sept/Oct involving the Wizard of Oz, not 2 or 3 as you have stated. The put posters up from the children at school a couple of weeks before the festival. The children are so proud of having their posters in the window. I would almost bet my last red slippers, that 90% of the children in this town know what the Wizard of Oz is.

And what have you done for your community lately?
Seriously

Saint Louis, MO

#3 Sep 5, 2012
Funny wrote:
The name is Oz Fall Fest. They have one play in Sept/Oct involving the Wizard of Oz, not 2 or 3 as you have stated. The put posters up from the children at school a couple of weeks before the festival. The children are so proud of having their posters in the window. I would almost bet my last red slippers, that 90% of the children in this town know what the Wizard of Oz is.
And what have you done for your community lately?
Get over it! What does Oz have to do with Willow? Other than someone putting on a play, nothing. No history, no connection to the community and no reason it should be the theme of the festival. It is the theme because of one person's OBSESSION with Oz! As for what we've done for the community...how dare you. You think planning or helping to plan a festival that has no community ties something special? Give yourself a great big pat on the back for me will ya. I guess the yellow brick road for you leads to Mrs. B's ass for you to kiss.
Hilton Hotema

Willow Springs, MO

#4 Sep 6, 2012
It is like Oz it is someones dreamland. I hope they word gets out as there is a rock festival called Oz Fest and then they will probably get sued or at least have to quit using the name. I would think the name would be more fitting for the community or region or history of the town, but Oz is none of these. And as far as what I have done for this town lately; well I have made great sacrifices for myself to help this town, as I have had high electric bills the past 3 months so I have not been able to buy the food I need and anything else, so I have contributed a bunch of money to the town that I should not have had to so there.
Really

Ozark, MO

#5 Sep 6, 2012
Oh wow, well when you insert the word " Fall " between Oz and Fest is suddenly makes perfect sense. Stupid me.... I was so confused by this small town festival in Southern Missouri called Oz Fest. I kept trying to see the connection but I was just stumped and then FUNNY pointed out it's called OZ FALL FEST. I think I read on Wikipedia that the Tin Man was born in Willow Springs.... yep delivered by the hands of our very own Doc Coffee.
agrees

Willow Springs, MO

#6 Sep 8, 2012
I hate the obsession with OZ also. Get off your rocker Jane.
Munch Shopper

Sparta, MO

#7 Sep 8, 2012
OK, enough.....
I myself am not too crazy about "Oz Fall Fest" every year but.... No one is a bigger cheerleader for Willow Springs than the woman behind this event. She is willing to do the work, she is willing to take your negative comments and biter her lip, she is willing to use her own personal finances and collection to put on stage and in the windows. She plans this event for an entire year and does the work to see it happen, she involves as much of the community and local churchs as she can. She never turns anyone away and yet some still are not happy. Ok, Every month the community has meetings to plan, change or rearrange upcomming events. Go to a meeting! Put your bid in! Walk those streets with ruby red shoes on and a smile on your face like she does to promote your town. If it's Fall, Food, Fest you want then do it!! Plan it!! Get out there and get the volunteers and put that idea to good use. Until you do there will be "the obsessed" as you call them, out there, smiling, offering to work as hard as she can while you sit on the computer and berate her. There are a lot of people out there that have a lot of wonderful ideas for festivals but unless you are willing to do the work, and she puts in thousands and thousands of hours doing the work, then..........shut up.
Hometown Gal

Branson, MO

#8 Sep 10, 2012
I just might attend a meeting, because I agree that this Oz thing is ridiculous. Bring back Food and Forest Day!!! There use to be a pride with the logging events on Food and Forest Day, but the festival is just a joke now. Of course Mrs. Bailey put hours of work into this, because it is her baby, her obsession. They are the Baileys, and they do what they want to make their town suit them. That's right, their town. By the way, a big thanks to Wendell Bailey for screwing us out of the satellite college we could have had, too.

Since: Sep 12

Location hidden

#9 Sep 11, 2012
the bailey's think they own this town. they had my post deleted about the Star Theater being ghetto and a health hazard to every1 who enters including paid patrons breathing in all that mold while they watch an event. if the baileys think they are so damn powerful they need 2 have the Foundation board fix it ASAP!
and don't give me that sh'' about "what have you done for our community" because u have no idea who this is and what I have done. Lets see how long this post stays up?
Far Viewer

West Plains, MO

#10 Sep 11, 2012
Hometown Gal wrote:
I just might attend a meeting, because I agree that this Oz thing is ridiculous. Bring back Food and Forest Day!!! There use to be a pride with the logging events on Food and Forest Day, but the festival is just a joke now. Of course Mrs. Bailey put hours of work into this, because it is her baby, her obsession. They are the Baileys, and they do what they want to make their town suit them. That's right, their town. By the way, a big thanks to Wendell Bailey for screwing us out of the satellite college we could have had, too.
Wendell Bailey did not screw us out of the satellite college. SMU did by putting an injunction against Three Rivers to keep them from coming in. This is a shame because we really DO need a good technical college here and it would profit the people and the town.
Edumacated

Saint Louis, MO

#11 Sep 11, 2012
Far Viewer wrote:
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Wendell Bailey did not screw us out of the satellite college. SMU did by putting an injunction against Three Rivers to keep them from coming in. This is a shame because we really DO need a good technical college here and it would profit the people and the town.
Not the case. Mr. Bailey has strong ties with SMU and pushed the injunction to keep Three Rivers out! Truth hurts sometimes.
Tin Man

United States

#12 Oct 5, 2012
YEEHAW!!! The Bailey Fest....er I mean Oz Fest is finally upon us. Oh how the golden sidewalks bring back memories of...well....hmmm....lol...not hing truly comes to mind. I'm sure I am missing some connection with the Wizard of Oz and Willow...right? Of course I can see why it may be the theme as most residents want to click there heels and get the heck out of Willow.
Tin Man

United States

#13 Oct 5, 2012
* their
Ghost of Tom Joad

Willow Springs, MO

#14 Oct 5, 2012
You all are wackos, who gives a crap what it is called, it still serves the same purpose for all the people of the community to get together and have a good time, call it Horton Hears Who, who cares, do you think that will stop the the cloggers or Betty from dancing at the 4 way, calling it Little House On the Prairie won't detour the Forestry from doing their thing, get over it people, and enjoy seeing, greeting, and watching everything.
feed the bear

United States

#15 Oct 6, 2012
I'am not the sharpest knife in the kitchen, nor am I negative nay sayer when it comes to Willow Springs. I don't live in Willow, went to school there and live close to my hometown. I attened oz fest today and enjoyed meeting old friends, making new ones, enjoying the eye candy. However I did not indulge in food for I thought prices to high, did not go to the car show to far to walk. Seems as though there was a lot of empty space this year. We are along way from Kansas and we are a long way from our own identity.
feed the bear

United States

#16 Oct 6, 2012
Maybe beating a dead horse here, what about Bob Ferguson and Bob Wilkins, both songwriters from here. I also like Ruby day, betcha she could sing Wings of a dove and The grapes in Mary's vineyard with equal enthusiasm.
LOL

Seymour, MO

#17 Oct 6, 2012
The whole OZ thing is stupid, as is Wendell Bailey!
Appreciation

Branson, MO

#18 Oct 6, 2012
Well, if I were Jane Bailey, I'd hang up my work clothes and turn this whole festival over to all of you on Topix and let you make the plans for next year. It's very evident that none of you can appreciate all the hard work that has gone into these festivals for the past few years.

As for the price of food, have you been to the grocery store lately?

From what I understand there were close to 100 booths this year. That's about average. Looked pretty busy to me. Smiley's take care of the car show. Makes sense that they would have it on their property and also take business towards that end of town. Just a thought.
two cent

United States

#19 Oct 6, 2012
Why is everyone under the assumption that town festivals MUST be in honor of the town's history?
vanna

United States

#20 Oct 6, 2012
LOL wrote:
The whole OZ thing is stupid, as is Wendell Bailey!
Lol agreed

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