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Strangers approach Patrick Labyorteaux for three reasons.

They most often recognize the 44-year-old actor from his roles on the television dramas "Little House on the Prairie" and "JAG."

But the third?

"Life Cereal - which I didn't do," said Labyorteaux, who finds it amusing that people mistake him for "Mikey," the freckle-faced tyke who popularized Life cereal in the 1970s.

Labyorteaux is among the many "Little House" cast members scheduled to appear together in Keystone this weekend. The cast reunion headlines Keystone's Holy Terror Days, an end-of-summer celebration that kicks off tonight at the Keystone Community Center and wraps up Sunday afternoon.

The chance to catch up with former co-stars in a place he's never been prompted Labyorteaux, who played Andy Garvey on "Little House," to make the trip to South Dakota.

The same goes for Hersha Parady, who played Labyorteaux's on-screen mother, Alice Garvey. They haven't seen each other in at least 20 years.

"This is going to be a hoot," the 64-year-old Parady said of seeing her TV son.

Labyorteaux said he's amazed fans still can identify him as the scrappy kid who played Andy on "Little House."

He attributes fans' fierce loyalty to a few factors.

An overwhelming number of kid-oriented television shows vie for youngsters' attention these days. At the height of "Little House," few children's programs were on the air.

"A lot of people found the show at an early age," Labyorteaux said.

NBC aired the family drama for 10 seasons from 1974 to 1983. Years later, veteran viewers and newcomers alike still tune in to daily reruns of the show.

"It can be reruns, and it doesn't look like it's going out of style," said Labyorteaux, who recalls a conversation with "Little House" star and producer Michael Landon about the series' longevity.

It was about the time "Mork & Mindy" was taking off. While Landon didn't dispute the sitcom's popularity, he stressed "Little House" was different because it would still be around in 20 years.

Unlike the misadventures of Mindy McConnell and her alien buddy, Mork, the Ingalls family storyline was "not of the moment," Labyorteaux said.

"The show is timeless," he added.

Parady knew she was a part of something special during her three seasons on "Little House," but it wasn't until her departure that she realized how high the bar had been set.

"It was hard to work after 'Little House,'" she said. "The production was of such good quality."

Parady's favorite episode is surprisingly the one that killed her off. In "May We Make Them Proud," schoolteacher Alice Garvey and Mary Ingalls' infant son burn to death in the blind school.

Parady's choice scenes were those that used real, controlled fire, and those final moments on "Little House" were no exception. Alice Garvey truly went out in a blaze of glory. The actress who played her wouldn't have had it any other way.

The logistics that went into making her untimely exit appear real to viewers were "magic," Parady said.

Watch "Little House" for any length of time, and it might seem as if something is always catching fire, dying or falling ill.

The series didn't shy away from real issues, Labyorteaux said. Storylines dealt with weighty matters such as alcoholism, infant mortality, losing a parent and illness.

That's why Labyorteaux chuckles a bit when he hears fans share their fond memories of the show.

"People have such a warm, happy response to 'Little House' when each and every story is so devastating," he said.

Cast members joining Labyorteaux and Parady in Keystone this weekend include Karen Grassle, who played Caroline "Ma" Ingalls; Alison Arngrim, who played snotty Nellie Oleson; Charlotte Stewart, who played school marm Miss Beadle; Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush, twin sisters who played Carrie Ingalls; and Wendi and Brenda Turnbaugh, twin sisters who placed Grace Ingalls.

Some of the more famous cast members missing from the "Little House" line-up are actresses Melissa Gilbert and Melissa Sue Anderson, who played Laura and Mary Ingalls. Katherine MacGregor, who co-starred as pushy Harriet Oleson, is 84 and rarely makes it to cast reunions anymore.

The impetus behind the latest "Little House" reunion originated with the Greenbush twins, who were featured in last year's Holy Terror Days. The siblings enjoyed their Black Hills stay so much that they resolved to return and bring a few more "Little House" actors and actresses with them.

"They had the idea," said Holy Terror Days organizer Sandi McLain. "We felt it was so important to our community because Carrie Ingalls used to be a part of our community."

Carrie Ingalls, the younger sister of "Little House on the Prairie" series author Laura Ingalls Wilder, called Keystone home for 35 years.

Parady brushed up on her "Little House" know-how in preparation for her trip north. She figured it would pay to know a thing or two about the real Ingalls family before she spent the weekend with diehard fans.

But the actress didn't watch reruns. She went to the source and read the "Little House" series for the first time.

She's halfway through "Farmer Boy" and is charmed by the author and her simple, yet eloquent, way with words.

"She's a heck of a writer," Parady said.

Holy Terror Days schedule

"Little House" fans have plenty of opportunities to meet and greet the cast this weekend. Several autograph and book signings are planned.

Friday, Sept. 4

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. - William Anderson autograph session, Keystone Best Western

7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - Costume Ball and Box Social, Keystone Community Center

Saturday, Sept. 5

8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. - Horse Poker Ride, Big Thunder Gold Mine

All day - Softball tournament, Keystone Park

All day - Kids for Keystone Concession, Keystone Park

9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. - Parade lineup on Roy Street

10 a.m. - Parade

11 a.m. - History enactment and park board fundraising barbecue, Big Thunder Gold Mine

11 a.m. to noon - "Little House on the Prairie" autograph session, Keystone Museum

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Free Living History School for children, Keystone Museum

1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Little House Musical Trivia Contest

2:30 to 4 p.m. - "Little House on the Prairie" actors share stories and experiences on the set

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Pictures by local photographer and "Little House" actors autographs

7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - William Anderson, "Little House on the Prairie" books vs. TV series and autographing

8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. - Meet and Greet and Memorabilia Auction, Keystone Community Center

Sunday, Sept. 6

All day - Softball tournament, Keystone Park

7 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Muleskinner Biscuits, Keystone Community Center

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Old Tyme Church Service with Old Tyme Gospel, Keystone Community Center

11 a.m. - Recipe entries due, Keystone Community Center

Noon - Winners announced for recipe contest, Keystone Community Center

12:30 p.m. - Community barbecue, Keystone Community Center, and bluegrass jamming

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Old Tyme Contests at Keystone Park, including fastest panner in the west, cow chip toss, fry pan toss and children's activities

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. - Holy Terror Days Auction, Keystone Community Center

For more information, go to www.holyterrordays.com.

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