ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa (STPNS) --     Walnut Grove    The Wilder pageant committee is getting ready for the upcoming pageant season. The pageant dates will be on  Friday and Saturday evenings in July. Dates for the 2013 production will be July 12-13, 19-20, and 26-27.

    Cast auditions will be held in Walnut Grove Friday April 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday April 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.

    Due to a conflict at the elementary school the Friday night auditions will be moved to Walnut Grove Trinity Lutheran Church Social Hall. The Saturday auditions will be held at the Walnut Grove Elementary School as previously announced.

    Children under the age of 16 must have a parental permission slip completed.

    The  committee is also looking for volunteers to work on set crew, concessions, setting up and cleaning seating, makeup, hair, and costume help is needed.

    For  more information, contact director Bill Richards at 507-859-2713 or email at

    According to the Wilder Pageant Committee there will be Laura and Nellie Look-Alike Contest each of the three pageant weekends in the Walnut Grove City Park.

    The event is for girls ages 8-12. Registration starts at 1:00 p.m., and the contest begins at 3:00 p.m. Contestants will be judged on appearance and  overall knowledge of Laura and Nellie. Registration forms can be found on  line at

    The committee also is planning on putting a lean-to style back stage storage addition on the east side of the barn. The additional space will be used to store some of the larger set pieces along  with the 1,000 spectator chairs.

    The  Wilder Committee also announced Pageant Scholarship Applications  are now available. The scholarships are open to high school  seniors that have ever participated in  the pageant either as cast or crew members.

    Applications are available  Applications are due by April 24.