Indiana town holds its 30th `Wizard of Oz' fest

CHESTERTON, IN (AP) - Fans of "The Wizard of Oz" are converging on a northern Indiana town to take part in its 30th annual tribute to the classic film.

The Times of Munster reports that fans began descending Friday on Chesterton for its three-day Wizard of Oz Festival.

On Friday, 93-year-old Karl Slover, who appeared as one of the "Munchkins" in the 1939 musical, signed autographs. Slover played the first trumpeter to appear in the movie.

Sisters Kim and Debra Lafave traveled from Great Lakes, Ill., and Crivitz, Wis., to make their first trip to the festival. Kim Lafave says she's a "a Wizard of Oz freak."

Machelle Blount, the president of the Duneland Business Initiative Group, says the fans and celebrities who attend the festival "make our lives a beautiful experience."

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