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Wizard of Oz festival celebrates Dorothy in Judy's hometown

Arts & Culture ·

1 Nattleia Saarela, of Hibbing, skips along a yellow brick path near downtown Grand Rapids Friday while in town for the town's "Wizard of Oz" Festival. 
2 On a sign for the Judy Garland Museum, the "Wizard of Oz's" Dorothy appears to be pointing to the arrival of ominous evening clouds while "The Wizard of Oz" plays in the adjacent Evergreen Terrace lawn Friday during "The Wizard of Oz" Festival. 
3 Amanda Butterfield, of Grand Rapids, dressed up as the Cowardly Lion from "The Wizard of Oz" Friday for "The Wizard of Oz" Festival in town. 
4 Surrounded by hundreds of people dressed as various characters from "The Wizard of Oz", Grant Chandler waits in line to enter a staging area where festival attendees tried to set a world record for the largest collection of "The Wizard of Oz" characters in one place. 
5 Children dressed as the Tin Man and the Scarecrow from "The Wizard of Oz" pose for a picture Friday during the annual festival dedicated to the film. 
6 Nattleia Saarela, of Hibbing, had an entire outfit matching Dorothy's from "The Wizard of Oz," right down to the ruby slippers. 
7 From left: Michelle Rosenau, Rocco Rosenau and Ben Rosenau relax before an attempt to set a world record for the largest number of people dressed as "The Wizard of Oz" characters in one place. 
8 Dressed as Dorothy, Paisley Lambert of Grand Rapids, Minn., found a place to crash on the shoulder of her mother, Amber Lewis, while attending "The Wizard of Oz" Festival in Grand Rapids. 
9 People watch "The Wizard of Oz," which launched 75 years ago, on a 40-foot outdoor screen near the Judy Garland Museum Friday. 
10 Judy Garland's childhood home is now part of the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn. 
11 Dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, Cadence Kick (left) gets a rainbow painted on her face by Karly Ackerman, dressed as a Munchkin. 
12 Ryan Thiesen, of Rogers, dressed as the Scarecrow for this week's "The Wizard of Oz" Festival in Judy Garland's hometown of Grand Rapids, Minn. 
13 Ero Lamppa, of Grand Rapids, runs back to his parents after the town's world record attempt for the largest group of "The Wizard of Oz" characters Friday. 
14 Dressed as the Wicked Witch of the West, Amanda Kostiuk carries her 8-month-old daughter, Lauren, outside the Judy Garland Museum Friday. 
15 Hundreds of people --1150, to be exact -- dressed in "The Wizard of Oz" attire stage a world-record attempt for the most dressed up Wizard of Oz characters in one place Friday. They beat the previous record of 466 people.