Yesterday we went to Laura Days in Pepin, Wisconsin. Can you guess who Laura was? I’ll give you a hint: her father was Charles and her mother was Caroline. There were lots of crafts for sale, and canvas tents were set up with historical re-enactors making candles, woodworking, blacksmithing, etc.
The main thing we went for was the fiddler’s contest. The fiddlers were divided into age groups: 9 and under; 10 through 13; 14 thru 19; and 20 and over. There were about two dozen contestants and only 3 of them were adults. The kids were great!! Some of them were real beginners, others had been playing for years. One family had 5 kids entered, and they all did really well.
Here is a snippet of one of the contestants. I think this little gal was about 10 years old.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, Laura was Laura Ingalls Wilder. She was born in 1867, seven miles outside of Pepin where she and her family lived in The Little House in the Big Woods. As an adult she wrote about her life as a pioneer in the Indian Territory, Minnesota, and the Dakota Territory.
Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder:
Little House in the Big Woods
Little House on the Prairie
On the Banks of Plum Creek
By the Shores of Silver Lake
The Long Winter
These Happy Golden Years
Little Town on the Prairie
The First Four Years