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Things to do on a Weekend - Follow the Yellow Brick Road

For a brief time, the High Country was home to Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, the Wicked Witch of the West and many other characters from the mind of L. Frank Baum. They worked atop Beech Mountain, skipping happily along a Yellow Brick Road that was the center of short-lived tourist attraction.

The park has long closed, but remnants of the Land of Oz remain. That includes the famous yellow road, which this weekend brings the International Wizard of Oz Convention to greater Avery County.

Yellow Brick RoadFrom Friday to Sunday, August 5 to 7, the convention has a full weekend of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz related activities at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, Buckeye Recreation Center at Beech Mountain and Emerald Mountain, a Beech Mountain community that has a yellow brick road. The registration fee for the entire weekend is $175 and includes catered meals and admission to all the events. Individual events cost as low as $7.

Saturday’s programming starts at Emerald Mountain at 9:00 a.m. Oz characters in costume will give a guided tour to Dorothy’s house and will follow the Yellow Brick Road. After a picnic lunch at the Land of Oz, the rest of the weekend will continue at Buckeye Recreation Center at Beech Mountain. Saturday afternoon and evening will be full of historical Oz artifacts, photography and video, an Oz fashion show, among other events. A continental breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner will be served as well. The evening ends at 11:00 p.m.

This will be the first of two events in Munchkinland. The annual Autumn at Oz is Ocober 1-2.