Spelling Bee Procedures

  • We will begin with the youngest category and ask them to the stage to be seated.
  • The pronouncer introduces the contest and starts things off by explaining the rules to the contestants

  • The first contestant is called and the pronouncer announces the word to be spelled. They speak slowly and clearly, without distorting the normal pronunciation of the word. They use the word in a sentence and then say the word again.

  • The speller listens carefully to the pronouncer and if necessary, asks for the word to be repeated.

  • When the speller is sure they understand the word, they pronounce it, spell it, and then say the word again. They must say it loudly enough for the judge to hear (Judge is seated in the first row of the audience)

  • The judge determines whether or not the word was spelled correctly

  • If the correct spelling was given, the speller remains in the contest

  • If the spelling was incorrect, that speller is eliminated from the contest. The pronouncer then gives the correct spelling of the word

  • The speller leaves the stage and a volunteer gives them their hot dog meal ticket for Laura’s Vittles House

  • The pronouncer then reads a new word to the next student

  • When there are only two spellers left, if one contestant misspells a word, the other player must spell that word correctly to win. If they cannot, another word is given back to the first player and they spell until one person misspells and the other spells correctly

Spelling Bee Featured

Registrations will be accepted until each category is filled. Limit 15 competitors in each category.

Competition begins at 2:30 pm on Saturday, September 14

Come try your hand at our Old-Time Spelling Bee! There will be three age categories for our competitors. Grade Levels are those as of September:

  • First/Second Grade
  • Third/Fourth Grade
  • Fifth/Sixth Grade

First and Second Place prizes of a $10 gift certificate to the Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum will be awarded in each age group.

The Spelling Bee rules will be reviewed on stage prior to the competition.

Certificates for a free hot dog and chips from the Laura’s Vittles booth will be given to each contestant.