Friday, September 28, 2012

Laura Ingalls Wilder in De Smet, SD - part 3

In 2006, we went on a 3 week road trip from Oregon to Minnesota. The entire trip was planned around watching two pageants based on the Little House series. I timed our driving days so we could be in De Smet, South Dakota to watch their pageant on a Friday and be in Walnut Grove to watch theirs on Saturday. At the time Capt. N was 3 and Mr. T wasn't even a year old, so they fell asleep during both pageants. But, I really enjoyed them. The presentation in De Smet wasn't mind-blowing, but it was good and a fun way to relive such great stories.

This Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant was titled These Happy Golden Years and tells the story of the Ingalls family from their arrival in De Smet up until Laura's marriage to Almanzo. It is also a love story showing the courtship of Laura & Almanzo.

The pageant was within walking distance of the Ingalls Homestead.

The pageant didn't start until 9:00 at night. The sunset was beautiful over the prairie.

Mr. & Mrs. Brewster
Laura teaching at the Brewster School

After the show, the cast signed autographs and posed for pics. These were the actors portraying Laura, Nellie & Almanzo

The man standing was Pa.


  1. Hi
    I just found your blog. I'm thinking about going out to DeSmet and Walnut Grove. Where did you stay?

    1. We were camping throughout our entire road trip. So, in De Smet we pitched our tent right at the Ingalls Homestead. If I remember correctly it was only around $10/night. In Walnut Grove we stayed at Plum Creek Campground, which is not far from the pageant site. I hope you do get to go. I had a fabulous time & would love to do it again someday.
      Thanks for stopping by.


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