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WALNUT GROVE lillil,hn,lhili,hlnlnlilllUlilill,,llllni,l,l,lllli,ll,i, ***************MIXED ADC 50902 SmallTownPapers Inc 09/13/99 217 W COTA ST 1 SHELTON, WA 98584-2263 6 Wednesday July 31, 2013 IIIIII II I Ill Illl II IIl[l!uUl. ,.o., Volume No. 28 NUMBER 49 2013 Pageant attendance down Pageant Week Three Laura and Nellie contest winners are sisters from Taipei, Taiwan By Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- Numbers are down from last year, but no one knows exactly why. Speculation includes lin- gering affects from the recession, or gas prices. The final week was good with 871 seeing the pageant Friday evening, and Saturday night had the largest crowd of the three week run with 1051. Average attendance was 891 per night. One has to take into consideration that last years numbers were over 2,300 more than this year. But the larger turnouts were probably due to having two of the Little House stars making appearances. Also there were 23 tour busses that showed up for one of the performances, All in all that likely accounts for the difference since there were no special events this year. One thing for sure, the pageant weekends had one of the best runs for nice weather, which made it comfort- able for those involved and those Sisters Erin (left) and her sister Maddie were the winners in the Laura and Nellie Look-a-Like contest last Saturday. attending all of the events. In the 36 year history there has only been three performances that were rained out. The last rainout was in 2000. There were a few performanc- es that were performed in rain or par- tial rain. Wilder Museum director Amy Ankrum said she noticed that activity at the museum had been slower this year. With less attendance there also seemed to be fewer visitors to the Family Festival. But the Laura and Nellie Look-a-Like Contest had very good attendance each week. Family Festival third week Ma Ingalls, Mary, and Eleck Nelson fight the prairie fire in one of the pageant performances. The Family Festival made its final run last Saturday with cooler than normal weather under partly cloudy skies. At noon the Minnesota Square Dancers performed and taught volun- teers how to square dance three times during the day. Pageant --- on page 3 Walnut Grove looking to stars The Wilder Museum committee and pageant committee working on "Little House on the Prairie" star reunion Tom Merchant Sentinel Tribune WALNUT GROVE -- In the past the Wilder Museum and the Wilder Pageant have collaborated to bring one or two Little House stars for the pageant week- ends. In talking with Amy Ankrum, museum director, the two groups are in the process of putting together a reunion of Little House stars the last weekend of the pag- eant next year. The reason for taking on this project is twofold, it is the fortieth anniversary of the Wilder Museum, and it is the fortieth anni- versary of the Little House on the Prairie television series. According to Ankrum they have been asked in the past by former stars to do a reunion weekend in Walnut Grove. A couple of cast reunions have been held in the midwest, in 2007 there was a Little House reunion held at Beatrice, Nebraska which was put together by the National Park Service as part of the Nebraska Homestead days. Another cast reunion was held in 2009 at Keystone South Dakota where Laura's sister Carrie lived for 35 years. Ankrum is hoping this reunion will be a major event that will coordinate with the fortieth anniversary of the museum. Ankrum said, "we really don't know what to expect -- but contracts went out this week to many cast members. Stars -- o. page 3 Bethany Lu Sunday morning members, former members, and visitors packed the sane- mary of Bethany Lutheran Church in Storden to celebrate 100 years of wor- ship. Clergy in attendance were former pastors and synod representatives. Those attending were Pastor William Ingvolstad, Pastor Marian Johnson, Pastor Alan Buresh, and Pastor Andrea Degroot-Nesdahl from SW MN Synod. Following the service the congregation gathered in front of the church to release balloons with a message attached. Following the balloon release the con- gregation went into the fellowship hall to eat the catered meal and exchange memo- ries. More photos on Page 2. Bethany -- on page 2 Sunday morning attached members and visitors released balloons with messages ON RECORD PAGE 2 PAGEANT PAGE 8 IN SIDE PAGE 3 PAGEANT PAGE 9 VIEWPOINT PAGE 4 CALNEDAR PAGE I0 FAITH & FAMILY PAGE 5 CLASSIFIED ADS PAGE 1 1 COMMUNITY PAGE 6 AREA NEWS PAGE 12 COMMUNITY PAGE 7 W SEcrBROOK LASS REUNION PAGE 6 INFORMATION CIRCULATION CLASSIFIEDS ADVERTISING 507-274-6136 OR 800-410-1859 Please read and recycle Printed with Soybased Ink Copyright 2013 Sentinel Tribune