Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in De Smet, South Dakota
In 2006, we went on a three 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 my boys were 3 years old and nine months old, so they fell asleep during both pageants. I, however, did not fall asleep and really enjoyed both shows. 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 site was within walking distance of the Ingalls Homestead, just outside De Smet.
Since the show didn’t start until 9:00, we were treated to a beautiful sunset over the prairie.
The set displayed multiple buildings, including the Brewster schoolhouse and Ingalls home.
Mr. & Mrs. Brewster, in their home
The Brewster School, where Laura taught
After the show, the cast signed autographs and posed for photos.
As a fan of the books and the tv show, I really enjoyed another telling of the Little House stories. It was a beautiful night on the prairie, with a lovely show and good actors.
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