By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jul 18, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Hold onto your bonnets, this is gonna be a good one.

Old World Wisconsin will celebrate the hero of Walnut Grove this weekend with a tribute to its most famous resident, Laura Ingalls Wilder. The two-day event could almost get dubbed "Laurapalooza" because many of the offerings this weekend are torn from the pages of the "Little House On the Prairie" books which have been loved by young boys and girls for many generations.

The event, called "Laura Ingalls Wilder Days Plus Farm Power," runs July 23-24 at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, which is an outdoor museum of 19th-century immigrant farm and rural life that's owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society.

"This is one of our favorite events," said museum director Dawn St. George. "Children visit in costumes and bonnets for the look-alike pageant. Families enjoy doing laundry by hand, jumping in the haystacks, working as apprentices in the wagon shop or hand-cranking homemade ice cream. They can also see the many ways that farmers threshed grain."

There will be many other Laura-related activities, including a hymn sing, seeing oxen at work, helping in the gardens using 19th-century tools, witnessing the power of hit-and-miss engines, flailing grain, trying a fanning mill and winnowing basket to remove the chaff from the wheat. Also, visitors will have the opportunity to see a dress fitting and learn more about the dreaded corset.

The cost to get into Old World Wisconsin is $16 for adults, $14 for students and senior citizens (65 and older), $9 for children 5-17 or $43 families (up to two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17). Admission includes tram transportation.

Special events during "Laura Ingalls Wilder Days" that cost extra include a Farmhand Buffet from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday night. For this event, adults are $13 and children ages 5-12 are $6. Children under 4 free.

Also, on Saturday only, the museum will host a barn dance from 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations are recommended and are available online through Friday, July 22 at noon. Adults cost $8 and children ages 5-17 are $5.

Kelly Harris, who lives in South Milwaukee, plans to take her two daughters to the "Laura Ingalls Wilder days" on Sunday. She has read the "Little House" series to her girls, ages 10 and 8, and they own all of the television episodes, which starred Melissa Gilbert as Laura and ran from 1974 to 1984, on DVD.

"I loved these books as a kid and now my kids love these books, too. This is the chance for all of us to really understand what it was like living in the 1800s. And the Wisconsin connection is cool," says Harris.

Laura – aka "Half Pint" – was born near the village of Peppin in the "big woods" of Wisconsin. Her first book in the series, "Little House In The Big Woods," is based on her time as a child when she lived in Wisconsin. Her family later moved to Minnesota.

"Laura truly is a point of connection to a time when so many Americans made their living from the land," said Lisa McGovern, communications manager for Old World Wisconsin.

"The farther away we move from this kind of knowledge of the land the more important these entry points to understanding this lifestyle become."

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.