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Founder's Day 

Walnut Groves' Founder's Day festivities promise fun and friendly competition for all except aging logger and "Bull of the Woods" Jim Tyler, who secretly fears losing the log chopping ... See full summary »


William F. Claxton


Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by), Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Dabbs Greer ... Reverend Robert Alden
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Karl Swenson ... Lars Hanson
Forrest Tucker ... Jim Tyler
Ann Doran ... Helen Tyler
Wayne Heffley ... Mr. Kennedy
Georgia Schmidt Georgia Schmidt ... Mrs. Grandy


Walnut Groves' Founder's Day festivities promise fun and friendly competition for all except aging logger and "Bull of the Woods" Jim Tyler, who secretly fears losing the log chopping contest, and with it his self respect, to a younger, stronger Charles Ingalls. Written by shepherd1138

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Release Date:

7 May 1975 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In future episodes, Mrs. Olsen cannot cook. See more »


Although the show is definitely dated in the 1870s, the march that the band plays throughout this episode, the 'Washington Post March' by John Philip Sousa, was not written until 1889. See more »


Laura Ingalls: We're gonna win the three legged race!
Harriet Oleson: Mrs. Ingalls can't... can she?
Nels Oleson: I don't see why not.
Nellie Oleson: That's not fair! Mrs. Ingalls is a grown up!
Willie Oleson: If she can race, you can. And you can win!
Harriet Oleson: I know... Well, no. I don't think it's proper!
Nels Oleson: Harriet, don't you want the children to be proud of you?
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Everybody's a winner in their own way
25 February 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

This episode shows a founders day celebration - the first for the Ingalls, and the last that we see. It seems everyone is competitive in this episode. Charles is offended by an older man who claims to be better than him at chopping woods since Charles is just a farmer.

Caroline is worried about winning the pie baking contest. Her competition is Harried, which I find quite amusing. In later episodes, Harriet can't cook to save her life. I'm not sure exactly when it happened, but she seems to be really good at a lot of things at the moment.

I won't give the results of the contests, but I'll just say that sometimes it's not about who wins - it's about what we learn from not winning that counts. And I think all the Ingalls learned some lessons along the way. Did Charles do the right thing in the end? Well, I tend to think so.

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