Pharos-Tribune

February 13, 2013

Wizard of Oz Festival in Indiana loses sponsor


Associated Press

CHESTERTON — A group that has sponsored a Wizard of Oz Festival in northern Indiana the past four years says it won't be doing so again this year.

The Times of Munster reports that Machelle Blount of the Duneland Business Initiative Group has told officials with the town of Chesterton on Monday that it would no longer plan and host the event that celebrated its 31st year in September.

Blount says she will meet with Chesterton town officials Thursday to provide information about organizing the event. She says the business group was ending its affiliation with the festival because of dwindling staff, fewer volunteers and a lack of resources.

Duneland Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Heather Ennis says the chamber would support a group or sponsor that comes forward.