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Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant

Highway 14
De Smet  South Dakota  57231
United States
(800) 880-3383
(800) 776-3594
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Midwest Living Review

Lisa Meyers McClintick
For three weekends in July, this annual outdoor pageant brings the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder to life in an authentic setting.

The actors in this annual outdoor pageant get some stiff competition from the beautiful prairie sunsets. It's hard to look away from the lovely glow that creates 100-foot shadows as kids amble across the grounds and settle down on blankets or benches for this popular event.

Year after year, the pageant impresses Little House on the Prairie fans who trek in from all over the world to see the stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder brought to life. In 2010, the reenactment of what is perhaps the most somber Ingalls' book, The First Four Years, seemed surprisingly timely given the current economic climate—just-married Laura and Almanzo suffer financial hardships, along with a fire and emotional loss of a baby boy. While some subject matter is somewhat mature, kids (especially ages 8 and up) don’t seem to mind. Sprinklings of humor keep the mood light, dancing and music factor into the overall experience, and the prairie scenery and stars provide a magical setting.

General admission tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for kids; children under 5 get in free.

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