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Striking resemblance

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Six-year-old Sophie Moshos poses with look-alike winners at the "Wizard of Oz" festival in Chesterton. Sophie won the 4-6-year-old Dorothy contest. Courtesy Photo.
* Local girl wins look-alike contest

Six-year-old Sophie Moshos wasn't in Kansas anymore.

Sophie, daughter of Andy and Anita Moshos, Brazil, was recently named the winner of a Dorothy look-alike contest at the annual "Wizard of Oz" festival, which takes place in Chesterton.

"She was very excited," Sophie's mother Anita told The Brazil Times. "We just did it for fun but she was really surprised."

Sophie was crowned the Dorothy look-alike in the 4-6-year-old age group.

The festival included look-alikes in five categories for the character Dorothy, originally portrayed by Judy Garland. The categories included ages 0-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 and adult.

In addition, there were look-alike contests for the Tin Man, munchkins, flying monkeys, the Scarecrow, Glinda the Good Witch, the Cowardly Lion, the Wicked Witch and Toto the dog.

The contest for the youth groups took place Saturday while adult look-alike contests took place Sunday.

Six-year-old Clay County resident Sophie Moshos recently won a Dorothy look-alike contest at the "Wizard of Oz" festival in Chesterton. Sophie is the daughter of Andy and Anita Moshos, Brazil. Courtesy Photo.
Anita told The Times Sophie has been a "big fan" of the film since first seeing it two years ago.

"She even dressed as Dorothy last year for her preschool pictures," Anita said. "She is a very observant little girl. When I fix her hair when she dresses up, it has to look just like Dorothy's."

Sophie -- who is a kindergartner at Jackson Township Elementary School -- recently turned 6 and her parents had a Wizard of Oz themed birthday party for her.

Anita said there were approximately 35-40 little girls competing in the 4-6-year-old category.

As the winner, Sophie received an official certificate and a Wizard of Oz coloring book.

Anita said family informed her of the festival, which this year, coincides with the 70th anniversary of the film.

Anita said the family drove to Chesterton Friday evening and went to the festival parade Saturday. While watching the parade, Sophie got to see some of the original characters from the film who were honored during the event.

After the parade and winning her division, Anita said Sophie was asked by festival coordinators to click her heels three times.

The film has been re-released to theaters to honor the anniversary and will be shown at Kerasotes ShowPlace 12, 3153 S. 3rd Place, Terre Haute, today at 7 p.m.

No place like home

What: The Wizard of Oz 70th anniversary (a high-definition event)

Where: Kerasotes ShowPlace 12 (3153 S. 3rd Place, Terre Haute)

When: 7 p.m., tonight

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Way to go Sophie! You're too cute for words! P.S. The Wizard of Oz is the greatest movie ever!! Go see it tonight at Kerasotes 12--this might be your only chance to see it on the big screen!!

-- Posted by millertime on Wed, Sep 23, 2009, at 8:38 AM

I have been to Chesterton for the festival myself. I am glad you enjoyed the festival and congrats to you (Dorothy)!

-- Posted by WICKED on Wed, Sep 23, 2009, at 2:10 PM

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