Monday, January 7, 2008

Loving LAURA INGALLS WILDER in Wisconsin!

Laura Ingalls Wilder...her name alone conjures up many contented reading moments for me. The Little House books are wonderful books to introduce to your children. My daughter has read every one of Wilder's books, and many more than once.

If you and your children love Laura, I have two annual events for you to mark on your calendars.

This year's Laura Ingalls Wilder Days will be held on September 13th and 14th in Pepin, WI, which is Laura's birthplace. This weekend is chock-full of marvelous things to do. There are pioneer games and activities, a fiddle contest, a spelling bee for 2nd - 5th graders, visits to Laura's birth site, and a Grand parade. The culmination of the event, is the "Pepin Laura" contest. Contestants dress up as Laura and are asked to demonstrate their knowledge of Laura and her books.

For more information, please visit the Pepin website:

http://www.pepinwisconsin.com/cgi-bin/viewnlcontent.cgi?nlarticle_id=5

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The second Laura entry to add to your calendar is held at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, WI. Their annual Laura celebration has been expanded from one day to two days this year! Laura Ingalls Wilder Days are scheduled for August 7th and August 8, 2008. This year's activities will be based on Laura's book, "On the Banks of Plum Creek."

Past events have included: a spelling bee, a Laura look-alike contest, stuffing a mattress, making a corn husk doll, washing clothes, and quilting.

There is an admission fee to Old World Wisconsin. Adults $14.00; children age 5-17 $8.50. The admission fee includes an all-day tram pass.

For more information, please visit the Old World Wisconsin site below:

http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/calendar/index.asp?id=172&c_program_id=&c_region_id=&dte=8/7/2008

Both of these events are highly recommended by my family. Plan to spend at least an entire day at each venue. You won't regret this incredible glimpse into pioneer life!

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