Wilder Pageant Production Rescheduled

Flood in front of Walnut Grove Pageant Set
Flood in front of Walnut Grove Pageant Set

TO: All Media Outlets
FR: William Richards, Wilder Pageant Press
RE: Site Damages and Change of Performance Dates
DA: July 3, 2018

Heavy rain, flooding, storm damage and cleanup have pushed back the opening of the Wilder Pageant Production. This weekend’s shows have been rescheduled. Performances will now run Thursday, Friday and Saturday for two weekends. Dates are now July 12, 13, 14 and July 19, 20 and 21. Current ticket holders may exchange tickets for any of the other performances. Pageant Suppers and the Family Festival are cancelled for this weekend.

The Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in Walnut Grove could be called the Big Flood on the Prairie. With over nine inches of rain in a very short time, several Southwest Minnesota communities lost power, saw roads washed out with many flood and no travel warnings.

Plum Creek took a lead roll and covered the pageant site in three to eight feet of water. There was damage to sets, costumes, sound and light equipment as well as access roads at the Wilder Pageant site. The extent of the repairs will be fully determined when the water recedes. Cast, crew and community are pitching in to clean, rebuild and repair the site so that the 41st production will be a success.

As our “Old Laura says in the production, “Sooner or later the grasshopper fly away and the creek goes down”. For more information check out the Wilder Pageant Web site at  http://walnutgrove.org/pageant.html

See you then!

There will be a link emailed with footage of the water at the site later this evening.

Images show audience view of stage area and rescue of calf used in show called ‘Spot’.

Rescuing Spot from Pageant Grounds
Rescuing Spot from Pageant Grounds
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Sarah Uthoff - Trundlebed Tales

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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