Little House Field Day
An old lion of a logger (Forrest Tucker) is still strong as an ox but losing his stuff, so he plays cock with Charles when they both take the crosscut saw to the North Woods' Finest Oak to fill an order for Hansen's Mill. Both men taunt the other and decide to settle who the better woodchop is during Founder's Day; A celebration of the town's birth wherein many athletic contests/entertainments occur. The Parents Ingalls are harsh with the littluns about wanting to Win more than just Compete. But Charles and Carolyn are both hungry for victory; Charles in the log split v. Forrest Tucker and Carolyn v. Mrs. Olesen in the Pie-Off. Reverand Alden judges the pies and blue-ribbons some woman in her eighties (me suspects the fix is in though to the credit of the show you dont know if she won on merit or if Alden was grandmothering her in <-or maybe im ageist?). Wife of Forrest Tucker pleads with Charles to throw the axe-off but for the wrong reasons. ie: let him have his moment in the sun, he's old and getting tired, let him have one last celebration of his potence. It should have been dude has given a lot to the community and the win would be a sort of honorary award. Either way Charles is The Biggest Man of Us All by freeing himself of desire. Contrastingly: You are supposed to picture willie and nellie olesen crowing over their blue ribbons and then demanding candy recompense from Queen Capital: Harriet Olesen.
Everyone's a winner except those without virtue.
sidestories: Nels gets emasculated in the tug of war
Olesen children sweep the hoop roll and rope-skip
Carolyn helps Laura and the Ingalls' bring home 1 ribbon in the 3-legged race
Mrs. Olesen is humiliated in same race