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Walnut Grove to host 'Little House' stars

Actors and actresses from the “Little House on the Prairie” TV series will add extra luster to the Wilder Pageant Friday and Saturday.

Eleven cast members from the NBC series will be on hand to share their memories, and participate in autograph and photo sessions with their fans.

The Little House celebrity guests will include Alison Arngrim, who portrayed Laura’s arch nemesis, Nellie Oleson; and Dean Butler, who was cast as Laura’s husband, Amanzo Wilder, in the later years of the Little House series.

Other Little House cast members who are scheduled to be in Walnut Grove this weekend are  Sidney Robyn &  Lindsay Rachel Greenbush (Carrie Ingalls), Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder), Dan McBride (Henry Riley), Charlotte Stewart (Miss Beadle), Radames Pera (John Edwards), Wendi Turnbaugh Lee & Brenda Turnbaugh Weatherby (Grace Ingalls), and  Hersha Parady (Mrs. Alice Garvey).

The Little House cast members will share memories of the TV show in two special appearances prior to pageant performances Friday and Saturday night.   The 7 to 8:30 p.m. sessions at the pageant site require admission tickets for  the pageant performance.

Other appearances of the Little House celebrities include:

Friday—10:30 a.m. to noon, and 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. autograph sessions; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Carrie & Grace Ingalls, Walnut Grove City Park.

Saturday—10:30 a.m. to noon, 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. autograph sessions; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Victor French’s (Isaiah Edwards) children Victor French Jr. and Tracy, Walnut Grove City Park; 4 to 5:15 p.m. autograph sessions.

Sunday—10:30 to noon, photo session at Walnut Grove Community Center.

General admission tickets for Friday and Saturday night pageant performances are $28.  For more information call 1-888-859-3102 or visit

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Little House on the Prairie, which starred Michael Landon and Karen Grassle as Ma and Pa Ingalls, and Melissa Gilbert as Laura,  was launched in September of 1974 and ran eight seasons.