Laura Days this weekend
Friday, June 27, 2014 2:00 PM
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum will celebrate Laura Days, Friday, June 27 – Sunday, June 29 in Burr Oak.
Held every fourth weekend in June, Laura Days takes place in downtown Burr Oak, home of the Masters Hotel, one of the few homes in which Laura Ingalls Wilder lived. This fund-raising event helps with the museum’s operating expenses.
The food tent opens Saturday, June 28, at 10 a.m. Other highlights include a parade at noon, the announcement of Little Miss Laura and Young Almanzo at 1 p.m., kids’ pioneer games throughout the day, and the Western Home String Band with caller Sue Hulsether at the big tent on 236th Ave. from 1:30-3:30 p.m.
This year’s lone Little Miss Laura candidate is Josie Ryan, age 11, from Decorah. There are no Young Almanzo candidates.
During Laura Days, the public is invited to stop by the Visitors’ Center, browse the gift shop or take a tour of The Masters Hotel, the only childhood home of Laura Ingalls Wilder that remains on its original location.
A full schedule for the weekend is listed as follows:
Friday, June 27
Events begin Friday, June 27, with the Wilder 5K Run at 6:30 p.m.
There is a $20 registration fee for the 5K, which begins in front of Barney’s Bar & Grill.
Registration the day of the event will take place at Barney’s Bar & Grill from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The food stand on Friday is provided by Winneshiek County Cattlemen’s Association. Entertainment by DJ Dewey begins at 7 p.m. at Barney’s Bar & Grill.
Saturday, June 28
Saturday’s events are located behind the Master’s Hotel.
• 50/50 raffles running throughout the day.
• 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Tours of the Master’s Hotel every half hour, except during the parade. Admission charged. Register at the Visitors’ Center.
• 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Gift shop and Visitors’ Center open.
• 10 a.m.: Food tent opens – serving bratwurst, hot dogs, walking tacos, pulled pork, bars, pie, drinks and more.
• 10 – 11:45 a.m.: Children’s pioneer games, craft demonstrations, hands-on activities located behind the Masters Hotel.
• 10:30 a.m. Checkers tournament at the picnic tables under the shelter.
• 11 a.m. Skillet toss tournament located next to the shelter.
• 11 a.m. Burr Oak tree memorial dedication at the big tent
• 11 a.m. Volunteer of the Year recognition
• 11 a.m. Spelling bee at the big tent
• 11 – 11:45 a.m. Dunk tank open
• Noon: Parade down 236th Ave., traveling from north to south.
• 12:30-2:30 p.m. Wagon rides.
• 1 p.m. Coloring contest winner announced at big tent
• 1 p.m.: Little Miss Laura and Young Almanzo announcement at big tent
• 1 p.m. Pie auction at big tent
• 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Western Home String Band, with caller Sue Hulsether at big tent
• 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Children’s pioneer games, craft demonstrations, hands-on activities behind the Masters Hotel.
• 2 – 3 p.m.: Dunk tank open
• 3 p.m.: Bean bag tournament (fundraiser for First Responders and Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum), Barney’s Bar & Grill. Register by 2:45 p.m. $20 per team.
• 3:30 p.m.: Greased pig contest next to the shelter.
• 3:30 p.m.: Raffle drawing at big tent
• 5 – 7 p.m. Register to win a 2014 Harley Davidson at Barney’s Bar & Grill.
• 8 p.m.– midnight. Entertainment by the Country Cousins at Barney’s Bar & Grill.
Sunday, June 29
Events scheduled for Sunday, June 29, include:
• 10 – 11 a.m.: Ecumenical Pioneer Worship located at tent at Barney’s Bar & Grill. The Greenleafton Trio will perform some of Laura’s favorite hymns.
• 11 a.m. Settler’s picnic (potluck, everyone welcome).
• 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cake walk, games for the entire family.
• Noon – 4 p.m. Museum tours and gift shop open. Admission charged. Register at the Visitors’ Center.