Western Legends Roundup
Western Legends Roundup – It’s Time to Circle the Wagons
By Ken Gotzen-Berg
It’s time to circle the wagons at Kanab’s Western Legends Roundup! Every year the community celebrates its movie history with Western Legends Roundup: a celebration of film, music, poetry and western heritage.
Starting August 20, a team of pioneer wagons and outriders will be saddling up for a four-day, three-night trek though the incomparable southern Utah backcountry. The wagon guests will be riding in authentic period wagons, pulled by a team of horses or mules. They will be camping along the Skutumpah Trail and in Johnson Canyon.
Cowboy poets and musicians will entertain nightly around the campfire. Hot breakfasts and Dutch oven dinners will be provided by a local chuckwagon-style caterer, and guests will be sleeping in a cowboy camp with tents, cots and bedding – just like the old West, but better! And of course, along the way they will witness some of the most spectacular scenery in the American West – locations where many Hollywood Western movies were filmed! Shucks, the stunning views of southern Utah are the reason the “Western Movies” came to Kanab!
Hey, we’re looking for a few more “pioneers” and “backcountry horsemen” – are you Cowboy enough?
The wagon train marches into Kanab on Thursday, August 23, kicking-off the 20th Annual Western Legends Roundup Festival – a three-day Western Street Fair, complete with headliner concerts, movie stars, food and a High Noon Parade! You will be transported back in time as the parade begins with a herd of longhorns on the street.
You can rub shoulders with real Western Legends like Wilford Brimley, Ed Faulkner and Bruce Boxlietner! Don’t be surprised if you bump into “Hopalong Cassidy,” “Festus,” “Gabby Hayes,” or other movie stars strolling around the streets of Kanab. Shucks, you can even have “Dinner with the Stars” at Kanab’s picturesque Jacob Hamblin Park, or “Breakfast with the Stars” at the Iron Horse Restaurant. There will be autograph sessions and film lectures, so you can relive the glory days of Utah’s “Little Hollywood.”
And of course, there will be tons of entertainment! On Friday night, we are proud to present Roo Arcus, and our Saturday headliner concert features The Bellamy Brothers.
Other exciting activities include Dr. Buck’s Wild West Comedy & Stunt Show, Mounted Cowboy Shooting exhibitions, covered wagon rides, antique farm equipment working displays, celebrity panels and much more! There are also bus tours to classic western movie sets and historic sites.
This year we are proud to host the Western Legends / Kansas City Barbeque Society’s “Masters Series Competition.” There will be serious grilling teams coming from all over the region to compete for $10,000 in prize money! Can’t you just smell that BBQ? Yum!
Hollywood fell in love with Kanab’s dramatic landscapes and the people of the region. Through the years over 300 films and TV shows have been produced in the area. It was through these films that the entire world was introduced to the American West, and earned Kanab the nickname of “Little Hollywood.”
Many of our events sell out fast, so visit WesternLegendsRoundup.com to purchase your tickets as soon as possible!