Thursday, September 11, 2008

Autumn At The "Land Of Oz" On Beech Mountain NC

The 15th Anniversary of "Autumn At Oz" will be held Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5th, 2008 from 10:00 to 5:00 pm on Beech Mountain NC. Once a year, visitors have the privilege of going back in time to visit the Emerald City again. WE'RE OFF to see the WIZARD - bring your ruby slippers!!

This magical theme park was open from 1970 to 1980, after that much of the park was destroyed by vandals and neglect. In the 1990s - most of the park was restored and now only opens the first weekend each year in October.

You will find Dorothy, Aunt Em, Uncle Henry and their farm. You might even see the Wicked Witch and the Cowardly Lion. Visitors can park in the meadows across from the Beech Mountain Town Hall and walk, or catch the bus, up to the private garden of OZ. The walk is approximately 1 gentle, uphill mile. Catch up with Dorothy and friends along the Yellow Brick Road.

The tour takes from 1 1/2 to 2 hours, and may be taken any time between 10 am and 5 pm. Strollers and wheelchairs will need to be parked. There will be a mini-museum to visit and artifacts to share. Peter McTavish will provide Magic Shows and Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary will exhibit a small petting zoo, adding more fun at the Farm. There will be face painting, food treats, and special Oz concessions in "Kansas". New and old trivia will be available for purchase, with part of the money going back into upkeep and restorations.

THE very special Oz guests of honor are still a mystery but will be ??? from the 1939 movie. Everyone is encouraged to wear something "Ozzie" and bring their photos and treasures to add to the event. Remember the top of Beech Mtn is 5506 ft elevation so bring a jacket!!

A special invitation is extended to past employees of Carolina Caribbean and the Land of OZ. The price is $15.00, children under 3 free. We'll gladly take original yellow bricks or other park remains for trade. A limited number of advance tickets are available at the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce, . 800-468-5506.

Links about the once famous - Land of Oz on Beech Mtn, North Carolina

Wikipedia's definition of Oz Park

Roadside America Reviews of Oz

If you make the trip to Beech - be sure and visit Freds General Store and have some delicious pizza at the Brick Oven Pizza

Need a luxury vacation home rental on Beech Mountain ? Visit Oz or plan a ski trip to SkiBeech. Relax in the huge hot tub, enjoy the outdoor decks, stay in touch with WiFi and lots more.