Laura Days in Pepin this weekend

Here’s a great family event coming up.  I know families who have made the trip to attend  the “Laura Festival” several times, and have heard that it is always well worth the trip. 

Lots of free activities, demonstrations, and crafts for kids to make.

“The apple catapult is a hit with kids.”

Some kids get dressed up in the prairie dresses and suspenders.

“The fiddle contest is fun to watch. My kids love the Trick and Fancy division.”

Follow the Great River Road, which runs along both sides of the Mississippi for a great day trip that is inexpensive, educational, and fun!

Laura Ingalls Wilder Park & the Pepin Historical (Laura)
Museum are located on State Highway 35.

21st annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Days
September 10 & 11th, 2011

A family-oriented event featuring arts & educational entertainment based on the early American pioneer experience of storybook author Laura Ingalls Wilder,
held in the village and surrounding hillsides
of her birthplace – Pepin, Wisconsin.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, Pepin, Wisconsin
Pepin, Wisconsin celebrates its distinction as the birthplace of pioneer author Laura Ingalls Wilder & the setting for Little House in the Big Woods every September during Laura Ingalls Wilder Days!
A festival of traditional music & crafts, sunbonnets, quilts, pioneer games, the Pepin Laura Contest, and an old-fashioned small town parade, Laura Ingalls Wilder Days is a destination for family-friendly fun on the banks of the Mississippi River in Pepin, Wisconsin.
CLICK here to play a slideshow of images from past years’ events.
Festival Highlights 

See the Events page  for more information or download the festival brochure.
21st Annual Pepin Laura Contest
Contestants demonstrate their talents & knowledge of the life, times, & literature of Laura Ingalls Wilder as articulated in her stories. Four age categories: 8, 9, 10 & 11. A winner is selected from each age group. Little Sisters, age 5-7, will be introduced on stage.
Traditional Crafts Area
Dozens of artisans & craftspeople demonstrate the arts of daily life as practiced in Laura’s time.  Woodworking, blacksmithing, ceramics, basketmaking, spinning & weaving, cookery, candlemaking, & more have been featured in the traditional crafts area.  Don’t miss candlelight crafts demos & live music around the campfire on Saturday night!

Old Tyme Fiddle Contest
The Old Tyme Fiddle Contest takes place Saturday afternoon on the Mainstage.  Go to the Events section of the site for details.
The 2011 Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Old Tyme Fiddle Contest includes a fabulous GRAND PRIZE: An early 1800’s German Fiddle, donated by Dan Keller of  Select Violins!

Ingalls Quilt Show & Sew at the Little House Wayside Rest
A display of original quilts and quilt blocks inspired by Laura’s books on display at the Little House in the Big Woods. Visitors of all ages are invited to try their hand at sewing patchwork pieces, or to win a prize by identifying quilt blocks based on Laura’s stories.
5/10k Walk/Run
Assemble at Locust & Highway 35 at 9am on Saturday. For information, call Kathy at 715-442-2016.
Pancake Breakfast
7-11am, Sunday, 7-11 am at the Pepin School, hosted by our local Pepin EMS.
Community Worship Service
10am, join us for an ecumenical community worship service on the Mainstage
Grand Parade 
Parade through the village of Pepin 2pm on Sunday


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