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‘Little Home On The Prairie’ Celebrates 50 Years With Pageant


Melissa Gilbert had a prepared reply when requested why followers of Little Home on the Prairie at all times appear to burst into tears each time they see her in particular person.

“As a result of I do! I feel it’s simply, … the present evokes a lot emotion in individuals and made all people really feel,” Gilbert advised the gang Friday on the three-day Little Home on the Prairie Forged Reunion and Pageant in Simi Valley, CA. “So once they see us, they’ve the feels, after which the leftover feels from 50 years in the past. Now they’re feeling it once more by kids and grandchildren. There’s this continuity and sense of household. It is a big household reunion.”

Hundreds of individuals converged upon Simi Valley’s Rancho Santa Susana Park to recollect Little Home on the Prairie, the Michael Landon starrer that debuted 50 years in the past this 12 months. With the promise to see stars like Gilbert, who performed Laura “Half Pint” Ingalls, in addition to Alison Arngrim (Nellie Oleson), Karen Grassle (Caroline Ingalls), Bonnie Bartlett (Grace Edwards), Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) and Linwood Boomer (Adam Kendall), followers waited in lengthy traces to gather autographs, display outdated episodes, and take photos of re-creations of the long-lasting units.

Organizers additionally assembled a mini-exhibit of Little Home artifacts, like copies of outdated scripts, set stills, Little Home impressed lunch bins, and a ’70s Panavision digital camera that’s just like the sort utilized by present. There’s even a shirtless photograph of Landon organising a shot.

Probably the most spectacular show was not the re-creation of Oleson’s Mercantile or Half Pint’s homestead, nonetheless (although loads of individuals took turns taking photos in them). It was Landon’s golf cart that was made to appear to be a Surrey — a Christmas reward from solid and crew in 1976.

Michael Landon's golf cart on 'Little House on the Prairie'

Lynette Rice

Lynette Rice

The competition additionally options a number of panels with the unique stars, as nicely a tributes to Landon (who died in 1991) in addition to different Little Home stars who’ve handed. And excellent news for the attendees who resolve to fork over $45 for one-day admission: Apart from the one she did Friday, Gilbert additionally has a panel deliberate on Sunday, as does Arngrim and Grassle.

There’s even a panel that includes Rachel Linda Greenbush and Sidney Greenbush, the twins who took turns enjoying Half-Pint’s little sister Carrie. In truth, the gang on Friday was notably giddy about the potential for seeing actors who performed wee tots within the unique collection.

“My brother is right here!” exclaimed Gilbert about her youthful sibling Jonathan, who performed Nellie’s brother Willie on the present. The gang promptly cheered. “We had been simply doing a bunch photograph with your complete solid and he walked in. He made the largest entrance of any solid member. After all, all people screamed. I burst into tears. Alison was inconsolable.”

For tickets, go to LittleHouseFestival.com.

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