The stars were out all day

NELLIE, MEET NELLIE … well, sort of. Hadley Schoolcraft — Saturday’s winner in the Nellie Look-A-Like contest — got the honor of taking a photo with the real-life Nellie Olseon, Allison Arngrim, after Saturday’s Laura and Nellie Look-A-Like Contest in Walnut Grove. Photo / Per Peterson

Thousands fill park in Walnut Grove to rub shoulders with ‘Little House’ celebs

Not many families would choose Walnut Grove over an ocean beach for a vacation, but the Schoolcraft family of Scott Depot, W.VA. is no ordinary family — at least not when it comes to “Little House on the Prairie.”

The Schoolcrafts were just a handful in a crowd of thousands at Saturday’s Family Festival, which this year was home to a number of “Little House” celebrities, who sat under tents for hours, signing autographs and taking photos with adoring fans. Such big fans they are, they gave up their beach vacation for a flight to the southwest Minnesota prairie.

“It was very worth it,” said Addison. “I like Laura. She is kind and I like how she writes, and I like to write.”

The Schoolcraft girls — Addison and Hadley — not only had a chance to meet former “Little House” cast members, they also took part in the Laura and Nellie Look-A-Like contest. Even more, Hadley was the winner of the Nellie contest. Their brother, Isaac, was along, too, and according to his father was a little disappointed there wasn’t a look-a-like contest of the boys.

Addison took full credit for her family’s decision to head north for their vacation.

“I think I’m the main reason, because I love ‘Little House on the Prairie,’” she said.

Kaylee Reintold, 10, of Harwood, ND, said she has read the “Little House” books and has watched the movies as well.

“I fell in love with it and I begged Dad to come,” she said.

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