It’s the 50th anniversary for two festivals: Chanute’s Artist Alley on September 28 and the Columbus Day Festival/Hot Air Balloon Regatta in Columbus on October 11-13. Also in October, Wamego’s annual Octoberfest will salute the 80th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz movieIn Abilene, the 2019-2020 line-up for the Great Plains Theatre‘s 25th season features the world premiere of Empires Fall, a play by Abilene native Marlin Fitzwater, the only press secretary in United States history to be appointed by two presidents. The six-show season opens June 14 with The Pirates of Penzance.