The Wilder Pageant has received a Southwest Minnesota Arts Council Grant for $2,000 to engage in a year-long study to analyze what the Wilder Pageant needs to remain viable as a theatrical production and cultural tourism attraction for the area.

The Wilder Pageant has played to more than 300,000 people in the past 40 years with more than 500 area community members involved in the production. This has been an incredible effort.

Audiences, weather and the number of competing events continually change. To continue to provide an entertaining and educational historical drama, the Wilder Pageant is setting up a series of six sessions during the coming year to set a path for the future. Area community members are invited to participate.

Those who would like more information are encouraged to e-mail Bill Richards, project facilitator, at Also check out the Wilder Pageant Web Site at

Five areas will be researched during the study. They are: the board mission and vision, evolving the theatrical production, audience development in increasingly competitive markets, funding sources and sustaining the production and community partnerships that support the production.

Photo courtesy of the City of Walnut Grove Web site