(Submitted photo)
(Submitted photo)
The community of Burr Oak will celebrate the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder during its annual Laura Days Celebration this weekend, June 21-23.

Candidates for Little Miss Laura 2019 are Norah Palmer, 9, of Waukon and Miriam Downing, 9, of Waukon. Norah is the daughter of John and Meghan Palmer. Miriam is the daughter of Jim and Joanna Downing.

Candidate for Young Almonzo 2019 is Parker Kuennen, 10, of Festina. Parker is the son of Dan and Wendy Kuennen.

The weekend’s activities begin with the Wilder 5K Run Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. starting in front of Barney’s Bar & Grill.

Registration is $25 and will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. There also will be a kids’ one-mile fun run for ages 12 and under, with games after the run.

Registration is $15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

From 8 p.m. to midnight, Barney’s will host entertainment by DJ Dewy.

The highlight of Saturday’s activities will be the grand parade down 236th Ave. at noon.

Tours of the Masters Hotel will take place at every half hour (closed for the parade from 12 to 12:30 p.m.), and the gift shop and visitors’ center will be open. (Last tour begins at 4 p.m. and admission will be charged. Register at the Visitors’ Center).

The food tent opens at 10 a.m, and will have brats, hot dogs, walking tacos, hot ham and cheese, pie, drinks and more; children’s pioneer games, craft demonstrations and hands-on activities will take place behind the Master’s Hotel from 10 to 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Also from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. is a petting zoo and storytime.

At 11:15, there will be story time under the trees and a checkers tournament.
The Grass Run Band will play from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. and 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.

Wagon rides begin at 12:30 p.m. From 1 to 3 p.m., the Advent Church in Burr Oak Cemetery will be open to visitors.

At 1 p.m. there will be a skillet toss tournament and rubber chicken throw. At 1:15 p.m. there will be announcements and recognitions, including the 2019 Little Miss Laura and Volunteer of the Year awards.

At 1:20 p.m., there will be a pie auction in the entertainment tent.
From 2 to 2:45 p.m., the stage show will feature “Quilting with Laura Ingalls Wilder,” by Linda Halpin, in the entertainment tent.

At 3 p.m., the beanbag tournament – a fundriser for First Responders and the Museum – begins. (Register before 2:45 p.m. Cost is $30 per team.)

South Bound Country Band will entertain from 7 to 11 p.m. at Barney’s Bar & Grill.

On Sunday, there will be an ecumenical pioneer worship from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., followed by a settler’t picnic potluck at Burr Oak Lutheran Church. Everyone is welcome.

From noon to 4 p.m., there will be museum tours and the gift shop will be open. Last tour begins at 3 p.m. and admission will be charged. register at the Visitors’ Center.

For more information, call 563-735-5916 or visit lauraingallswilder.us.