Western Legends Roundup
Western Legends Roundup August 25-27, 2016
By Dixie Brunner
Each year during Western Legends Roundup, the streets of Kanab are transformed back to a time where visitors and locals alike can enjoy events and activities that foster love and appreciation for the Old West. This authentic Western experience began 18 years ago as a vision of three local men. Their dream was to honor Kanab and Kane County’s rich western legacy by keeping alive the pioneer heritage and spirit of our ancestors. From those small beginnings, but without losing sight of that original purpose, Western Legends Roundup has grown over the last 18 years into one of southern Utah’s biggest events. Western Legends Roundup is always a star-studded event. The theme for this year is Death Valley Days, honoring the old cowboy radio and televsion show. Movie stars expected to visit this year include Mariette Hartley, Clint Walker, Darby Hinton, Don Collier, William Wellman Jr., Cheryl Rogers Barnett and Wyat McCrea. All three evenings of the Western Legends Round-up will feature an exciting musical event. The headlining act on Thursday evening will be ‘True Willie,’ a Willie Nelson tribute band. On Friday night, we are proud to present Bill Anderson. The Saturday night concert artist is famous country singer Mickey Gilley. The Western Legends Roundup also features the notoriety of Kanab as “Utah’s Little Hollywood.” Kanab holds a unique place in Utah’s film history because, beginning in the 1920s, Hollywood fell in love with the dramatic landscape and people of the region. Over the years, many films were produced in the area. It was through these films that the entire world was introduced to the American West. To honor that heritage during the Roundup, there will be a film festival showing western movies filmed in Kanab. There are also bus tours of classic western movie sets and film lectures. Our 2016 Walk of Fame honoree is actor Jody McCrea, and our local honoree is Doug Hunt. Other festival activities include the Western Art Street Fair and Festival Food Courts. The Street Fair provides an excellent opportunity for you to learn about the arts and culture of the region. There will be items for purchase so you can take a little of the West home with you. At the street fair there will also be two stages providing continuous cultural music, dancing, entertainment and cowboy poetry. Other exciting activities include Dr. Buck’s Wild West Comedy & Stunt Show, a pie-eating contest, covered wagon rides, classic tractor pull, antique farm equipment working displays, celebrity panels and much more! Another exciting event is the Western Legends Wagon Train from August 22-25. This experience is like stepping back in time, traveling by covered wagon down the same trails that the Utah pioneers did while settling the region. These are the same trails that John Wayne and others also trekked in the great western movies. From the wagon seat, you can see some of southern Utah’s most beautiful scenery and experience the real ‘Old West.’ To enhance your adventure, there will be entertainment around the campfire. For more information about the Wagon Train and the Western Legends Round-up, please visit our website www.westernlegendsroundup.com. Many of our ticketed events sell out fast. So be sure to view a full list of activities and purchase your tickets online as soon as possible!