The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum has announced the candidates for the "Little Miss Laura" contest, in conjunction with Laura Days in Burr Oak.

This year's celebration is Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23.

Candidates are Elizabeth Davis, 11, of North Liberty; Cassidy Becker, 9, of Waukon; Emma Shepard, 9, of Cedar Falls; Lacey Howe, 10, of Brandon, S.D.; Delaney Nagel, 10, of Waukon; and MacKenzie Russell, 9, of Postville.

The honorees will serve as ambassadors for the coming year and represent the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum at activities throughout the year.

Guest speaker for this year's Laura Days celebration is Michael Zahs, who will talk about building and living in log houses. He speaks from 2:15-3:15 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

Zahs grew up on a century farm near Haskins, as part of a nine-generation Iowa family. He attended a one-room school and has a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Northern Iowa. He taught junior high science and Iowa history for 39 years.

In 1989, he joined with Loren Horton in creating the "Iowa: Eye to I" class/tour. This was the first graduate level class taught at Iowa Wesleyan College and developed into a series of seven classes covering art, literature, history, geology, food ways, ethnicity, architecture, nature and music. Students are immersed in all things Iowa in the classes, which are taught on a bus traveling the state.

Zahs has given presentations on state and local topics for over 35 years. He is involved in historic preservation, log buildings, cemetery work and state and local history.

Other activities

Saturday activities include a spelling bee; children's pioneer games; pioneer crafts and hands-on activities; face painting; a food tent; wagon rides; musical entertainment by Sandy Good; a skillet toss tournament; a checkers tournament; lemonade sold by Maria Hendrickson, with profits going to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum; a parade; and a pie auction fundraiser.

Events at Barney's Bar and Grill Saturday include a bean bag tournament, a dunk tank fundraiser and music by The Legends.

Sunday morning is an ecumenical pioneer worship; a settler's picnic (potluck - everyone is welcome). Museum tours are available and the gift shop is open.

More information

More information about the museum and this year's celebration can be found online at; or by calling 563-735-5916; or e-mail