For decades, Storybook Land has been a magical escape for children and adults alike, and this year the park will celebrate an exciting 40 years in the Aberdeen community. Located in the heart of Wylie Park, Storybook Land was originally created as a tribute to L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz children’s stories, and who resided in Aberdeen around the late 1800s. With help from local donations, construction began in 1976 on what today comprises more than 60 fairy tale sets and several rides.
For its 40th birthday, Director Doug Johnson and the Parks, Recreation, and Forestry Department have planned a summer of fun and free – entertainment, beginning with a Family Fun Weekend on June 9. “The goal is to offer fun filled and exciting family oriented activities that attract visitors from throughout our region,” says Johnson. Celebrations of the anniversary will last all summer, with activities that include weekly Storybook Land Theatre performances, Princess Tea Parties, musical concerts, fishing contests, a Fun Run event, treasure hunts, and much more. More details can be found in the Storybook Land summer brochure, which is available online and around town. // — Erin Ballard