WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) --         Walnut Grove ó If you were to visit Walnut Grove Monday morning you would notice that the little town that was humming with activity has now gone back to the the otherwise quiet community.

    People from the community and those from beyond have gone back to a life of normalcy,  working for some and for the younger set back to some free time before school starts.

Of course for the pageant committee, they will be meeting  to critique the past three weeks of pageant performances.



    Errol Steffen who just completed his 40th year of being in the pageant, currently playing Pa Ingalls, is  relieved it is over. He says for him things have gotten back to reality. Monday morning he delivered a refrigerator from his appliance store. Of course as the sole proprietor being in the pageant made his work days and weekends seem a lot longer.

    Steffen says the committee will be meeting soon to go over this years performances and start planning  for next  yearís pageant. He also said the weather was really cooperative with not  even a threat of rain. Last year the pageant attendance dipped below 4000, with the second  Saturday rainout when Karen Grassle was here.

     This year with the great weather all three  weekends the pageant attendance bounced back with a total of 5220 over the three weekends.

    This past weekend the Family Festival was busy with vendors, demonstrators, kids activities, entertainment by the Pageant Singers  and much more. Bus tours ran during the Family Festival taking visitors to the various  sites around the area. The tours made stops at the dugout site,  the Laura Ingalls Wilder monument, the pageant site and various sites in the community.

    Those presenting or demonstrating included: Blacksmith Ron Boje,  Connie Peterson spinning and waving, Norm Peterson wood  carving, Dan Cochran leather working, Sandi Benge rug weaving, Ron Kelsey corn shelling and seed art, author Robynne  Miller.