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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Inside Wednesday, July 31, 2013 Page 3 Stars coming --- From page 1 We are hoping to get between eight to fifteen of the stars from the show." Prior to sending out the contracts 11 of the cast members indi- cated they would be interested in coming for the reunion. The reunion is being planned for the last weekend of the pageant, July 25, 26, 27 of 2014. So far the planners have determined tick- ets for the pageant performances will include all activities as well as the pageant. The tick- ets will be limited to 2,000 per performance. The price will also be partially determined by the number of stars contracted to come for the event. At this time the committee is throwing around ideas for the event. There will likely be individual autograph signings during the weekend in town as well as other special activities. There is a Star Committee in place at the museum that helps with the logistics of han- dling the stars while they are here. They help with autograph sessions and other things. Ankrum said they will be needing more help with that committee. "We will defmitely need to line up more food vendors for the event -- it will be a great opportunity for the community organizations to hold fund raisers," she said. This is going to be a real community event and there will be opportunities for residents to get involved with planning and working on various projects during the event. It also should be a plus for the whole area as people will be using lodging and restaurants around the area. If you want to become involved-- helping plan or working as a volunteer for various committees or projects -- contact museum director Amy Ankrum at the Wilder Museum. Ankrum said, "we hope to have contracts back within the next month, we are hoping we have at least eight to fifteen to make it go." Logistics are the biggest issue facing the committees at this time. Ankrum said, "it is going to take a lot of volunteers to accommo- date up to 5,000 people that weekend. Taking care of that many people will be a challenge to a large degree." It is going to be a fun and interesting weekend and will give Walnut Grove a lot of recognition for years to come. Pageant week 3 --- From page I Following that Dave Doubler and his Civil War Troops did Civil War reenact- ments thoughout the day. At 3:00 p.m. Cindy Van Dorsten and her daughter Amy conducted the Laura and Nellie Contest. Amy interviewed all of the contestants which were judged by three judges -- Lori Johnson. Jesse James, and Julie Danielowski. After tallying the scores the field was nar- rowed to six Lauras and four Nellies. Then the Lauras and Nellies paired off to perform skits based on their char- acters. Again the judges' scores were tabulated and two sisters were named for the Laura and Nellie winners. For the first time anyone can remember there has never been two sisters winning the contest. If that was unusual enough the two girls were born and live in Taipey, Taiwan. Their parents are Peter Stanley and Leanne Rainbow. They are both teach- ers in the American School in Taipey. Laura winner, eight year old Erin Stanley Rainbow is going into third grade. Her sister Maddie, the Nellie winner, is 10 years old and going into fifth grade. The family has been in the states since June 9 visiting relatives on the east coast. They currently are on a road trip in the midwest and have visited several of the Wilder sites including Pepin, WI, De Smet, SD, Burr Oak, IA and Rocky Ridge. The girls have not watched the TV series, but have the whole series on DVD which they have been watching the past couple of years. The two have been enjoying their time in Walnut Grove, and as avid crafters they really enjoyed making corn husk dolls. That evening the girls attended the pageant which they were really looking forward to seeing. When they return to Minneapolis they will be flying to California where they will be flower girls at relatives wedding. Of course beside the entertainment the Family Festival also had many interactive activities for the kids and plenty of demonstrations for the adults to watch. As always there were numer- ous food stands serving many types of food and beverages. i Dallenbach retires after 54 years Marie Dallenbach retired after working at the bank in Walnut Grove for 54 years. She started at Citizens State Bank, it is now called Integrity Bank Plus. Above Marie greeted her friends and customers last Friday afternoon at an open house held in her honor. Have a happy retirement Marie you certainly earned it. Making a splash. Above: Aili Koenig of Westbrook was having fun on the water slide one hot day a couple of weeks ago at the Westbrook Swimming Pool. 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