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The tradition continues on the prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant set to begin this weekend

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The theater on the prairie continues a community tradition since 1971. This year, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant Society presents “On the Prairie: Laura’s Legacy” directed by Nikki Berg and Joey Daly, on the outdoor prairie stage that overlooks the cottonwood trees planted by Charles Ingalls.

This year's show is similar to last years, but there are a few adaptations made by Snookie Stoddard. The cast will consist of a number of last year’s cast and a few new members.

“I don’t believe anybody is in the same role that they had last year.” said Kristy Hubbard, Laura Ingalls Wilder board member and Event Center director. “There are different people playing different roles this year, so it will feel like a different show for those who attended last year.”

The society will be doing the cemetery tours again, because it was such a success last year. The tours will be at 3 p.m. every Saturday of the pageant where attendees can learn of the people who “haunt” the cemetery grounds.

Pancake feeds will be held each Sunday during the pageant weekends. The Legion will be hosting two Sundays, and the fire department will be flipping pancakes during one Sunday.

Non-denominational church services will also be held on Sundays during the pageant on the pageant grounds; everyone is invited to attend.

SCHEDULE

July 7: First dress rehearsal for cast and free for the community

July 8 - 9 - 10

Gates open at 6 p.m. Pageant performance at 8 p.m.

Fri., July 8: 6:30 p.m. Curtis & Loretta Duo open the pageant with folk music

Sat., July 9: 3 p.m. Cemetery Tour, De Smet Cemetery

Sun., July 10: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Pancake feed at the De Smet Fire Hall, 102 Highway 25

Sun., July 10: 10 a.m. Non-denominational church service on the pageant grounds

July 15 - 16 - 17

Gates open at 6 p.m. Pageant performance at 8 p.m.

Fri., July 15: 6:30 p.m. Phil Baker opens with children’s music and entertainment

Sat., July 16: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. De Smet Market Craft Fair at Event Center, 705 Wilder Lane

Sat., July 16: 3 p.m. Cemetery Tour, De Smet Cemetery

Sat., July 16: 6:30 p.m. Plum Crazy opens with a musical performance

Sun., July 17: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Pancake feed at the American Legion Hall, 104 3rd St SW

Sun., July 17: 10 a.m. Non-denominational church service on the pageant grounds

Sun., July 17: 6:30 p.m. Plum Crazy opens with a musical performance

July 22 - 23 - 24

Gates open at 6 p.m. Pageant performance at 8 p.m.

Fri., July 22: 6 - 8 p.m. Old-fashioned children’s activities

Fri., July 22: 6:30 p.m. Oak Lake String Band opens with a musical performance

Sat., July 23: 3 p.m. Cemetery Tour, De Smet Cemetery

Sat., July 23: 6 - 8 p.m. Old-fashioned children’s activities

Sat., July 23: 6:30 p.m. Oak Lake String Band opens with a musical performance

Sun., July 24: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Pancake feed at the American Legion Hall, 104 3rd St SW

Sun., July 24: 10 a.m. Non-denominational church service on the pageant grounds

Sun., July 24: 6 - 8 p.m. Old-fashioned children’s activities

ADMISSION

The cost to attend a pageant during normal Friday-Sunday performances is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6–12 and free for children under five.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Pageant Society is still in need of more volunteers to cover the gate during the performances. They need six people to cover the gate each night and currently only have one date covered.

Volunteers would cover the gate from 5:45 - 8:15 p.m. The Society suggests that volunteers bring a hat, sunscreen, chair and beverage for themselves, because it does tend to get warm.

If anybody would like to help, there is a schedule at the front desk of the De Smet Event Center where volunteers can sign up.

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

The Pageant Society is currently working to raise funds to replace the 50-year-old set and some supporting buildings on the pageant grounds. A new set would also help to improve sound and lighting during the shows.

The Society is taking donations.

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