Wilder Pageant Tickets are on sale now! Shows are July 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, and 20, 2019. Tickets are $20 for Reserved Seating and $18 for General Admission on July 5, 6, 19, and 20. The Little House on the Prairie Cast Reunion is July 12 and 13. Tickets for those nights are $35 for Reserved Seats and $33 for General Admission. You can purchase tickets by going online at http://walnutgrove.org/ticket-information.html or by calling (888) 859-3102.
The signing will take place during the day in town, but in the evening on Friday and Saturday nights there will be a question and answer session at the pageant. The pageant is a classic play put together to tell the story of Laura’s family during their time in Walnut Grove. In place of the normal pre-show they bring the whole cast on stage and take questions from the audience. These tickets are for the play and question and answer session out at the pageant grounds.
The pageant itself is well worth the ticket. So is getting the reserved seats so you can sit in the folding chairs. I suggest the red section if you can get them because they are in the middle right in front of the stage. If they put the questions on the house set again the green section is right in front of it. I need to update my travel advice post, but it still is useful.
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.
If you are looking to visit Walnut Grove, Minnesota. where to stay is a problem. Walnut Grove doesn’t have a hotel or bed and breakfast in town. They do have plenty of camping options if that appeals to you. If you are going to see the pageant, having a place nearby is a definite plus. The pageant goes to 11 pm and often it’s later than that by the time you get out of the traffic, plus you still have to drive to where you are staying and find it again in the dark. (Definitely check in before the pageant.) Tracy is the next town the line and they have both a bed and breakfast and a motel. If you are going to visit at any other time being nearby isn’t as important, but I’d recommend if you are planning on going to see the pageant there, making reservations early (for both a place to stay and your seats) is important.
I’ve stayed in the Valentine Inn and I can say this video accurately reflects my experience when I stayed there even though it’s been a few years. The rooms are named after the members of the Ingalls Family. You have to call and make reservations by phone and the owner doesn’t start taking reservations for next year until after Jan. 1st. Since I’m planning on staying a few days for the cast reunion in July 2014 I’m willing to stay a little farther out so I’m experimenting with a new place to stay.