23. FOUNDER’S DAY
May 7, 1975
Competitive spirits are high for the contests held on Founder’s Day, pitting members of the Ingalls family against members of the Oleson family. Despite his age, Jim Taylor boasts to be the best logger in town, and riles Charles for being a farmer in logger’s clothing. Caroline Ingalls is up against Mrs. OIeson in the “Best Pie Contest”, and Charles and Nels fall into a pool of mud during the Tug-of-War contest. Harriett and Nellie are up against Laura and Caroline in the Three-Legged Race., and Mary is in the Jump Rope Contest.
On the day of the wood chopping competition, Jim Taylor’s wife explains to Charles that Jim just wanted to be recognized for his many hard years of work. To make the contest fair, Charles handicaps himself by using his old ax to make up the age differential, instead of his brand new one he bought especially for the contest, and Jim Taylor wins the contest.