Western Legends Roundup
Western Legends Roundup August 24-26, 2017
By Dixie Brunner
It’s time to circle the wagons at the Western Legends Roundup! The Roundup is a star-studded week of Western fun! Come join us on an authentic wagon train through some of the most spectacular scenery in the American West – locations where many Hollywood Western movies were filmed, including the historic town of Kanab.
On the wagon train, you can ride on the same trails as John Wayne, Clint Walker, Clint Eastwood, and dozens of other actors. The wagon train will descend from the high mountain bluffs near Bryce Canyon National Park, down to the old Mormon town of Tropic, then through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through Johnson Canyon into Kanab.
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 comfortable authentic cowboy camp with tents, cots and bedding – just like the old West, but better!
The entire week culminates in a two-day Western Street Fair in Kanab, 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 driven right through town!
You can rub shoulders with real Western Legends like Clint Walker! Our Western Legends participate in autograph sessions and film lectures so you can relive the glory days of Utah’s “Little Hollywood.”
The wagon train hits town on Thursday to kickoff Western Legends! On Thursday night, we will circle the wagons under the stars. It will be an evening of tall tales, cowboy poetry and musical performances around the campfire.
On Friday night, we are proud to present Roo Arcus, with Jared Rogerson opening for him.
The Saturday night concert features The Bellamy Brothers. Popular entertainer Rollie Stevens will be the opening act.
Kanab holds a unique place in Utah’s history because 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 Round-up, there will be a film festival showing western movies filmed in Kanab. There are also bus tours to classic western movie sets and film lectures.
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. There will be 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!
Many of our ticketed events sell out fast. So be sure to visit www.westernlegendsroundup.com to view a full list of activities and purchase your tickets as soon as possible!