One of the quieter Laura events, Burr Oak’s Laura Days is definitely worth the trip. Try to get there in the morning to see their parade. It tends to have all the normal small town “Days” events (minus the beer tent), but has a good share of Laura and historical activities available too.
Burr Oak, Iowa, is located about 10 minutes north of Decorah (which has several hotels and some nice restaurants to choose from) and about as close to the Minnesota border as you can get without going over. They are also located roughly 50 minutes from Spring Valley, Minnesota if you want to expand your trip. – SSU
Guest post by Julie Miller
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Park and Museum in Burr Oak, Iowa, had their annual festival during the
weekend of Sat., June 27, 2015. Many activities were held for both children and adults (see schedule below). The museum had a record number of paid admissions on the Saturday of the festival (178 paid admissions for tours, not counting children, family members, and members who were free). It seemed to be a bigger crowd than normal, of recent years. The weather was really nice for Iowa (temperatures in the 70s and sunny). The Medicine Show stage performance of music and comedy was new this year, and well-attended. I estimate that 120 children enjoyed the activities in the back of the museum, which included wheat-grinding, making butter, making a quilt block, playing hoop and stick, carving soap, dying wool, making a corn-cob doll, walking on stilts, duck races down Silver Creek, playing checkers, playing with pioneer toys, listening to stories, etc. The parade was also a highlight of the festival.
Stop by next year if you can make it! The 2016 festival will be held on June 25 and 26. It will be fun for the whole family!