July means one thing in De Smet, SD: It’s Pageant Month! No, not beauty pageants. No, not “Toddlers and Tiaras.” In De Smet, “pageant” means hundreds of volunteers combining their talents to produce a family-friendly play based on the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the area’s most famous resident.
The theme for the 2014 Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant in De Smet is “These Happy Golden Years.” Based on Wilder’s eighth book, the production will take place over the course of three weekends in July. The play is entertaining and educational for all ages and a great opportunity to watch an outdoor performance.
– July 11-13
– July 18-20
– July 25-27
The gates open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Before the show, attendees can shop for souvenirs at the Whatnot Shop and treats at the Prairie Popper. There will also be free wagon rides around the property and live music to enjoy.
Wooden bench seating will be available in the amphitheater. However, people are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. To make the most of the evening, attendees are encouraged to bring bug repellant and additional layers for the cool evening weather.
Advance tickets are not necessary. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. Children under the age of five are admitted free of charge. We hope you’re able to make it to one of the shows this year and enjoy part of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s amazing story!
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