L. Frank Baum Celebration

Commemorative banners like this one adorn lamp posts in the village center.

Official and unofficial markers, from the dignified to the kitschy, vie for the visitor’s attention in the heart of Chittenango. This is the birthplace of Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, and from village elders to the most casual merchant, everyone wants you to know it.

In 1978 the village launched its Oz Festival, now known as the annual Oz Stravaganza, held each summer.