Western Legends Roundup Celebrates its 15th Year
By Stephen Browning
What started out as a simple celebration to remember the glory movie making days of Utah’s Little Hollywood and honor local legends for their pioneer heritage has turned into one of the signature western festivals in America. Last year’s event attracted about 5,000 visitors from over 30 states and several foreign countries, as they enjoyed classic Kanab area made movies, music, cowboy poetry, western vendors, great food, and of course, meeting some their favorite western movie stars! The 15th annual Western Legends Roundup in Kanab on August 22-24, 2013 promises to be bigger and better than ever. The Roundup theme this year is a tribute to Western Legends fan favorite Clint Walker, who appeared in the 1958 film “Fort Dobbs,” filmed in Kanab with Virginia Mayo, Brian Keith and Richard Eyer. Star of “Cheyenne” TV fame, Clint marks his 11th visit to Western Legends, where it has turned into his favorite western festival. Walker, who already has a plaque on the Little Hollywood Walk of Fame, will accept a plaque on behalf of his co-star, late Hollywood legend Virginia Mayo. In addition to Clint Walker, this year’s roster of visiting movie stars is our largest ever with 20 Hollywood celebrities scheduled to appear, including Robert Fuller, Dan Haggerty, James Drury, Peter Brown, Roberta Shore, Andrew Prine, Lana Wood, Peter Ford, James Hampton, Ed Faulkner, Kathy Garver and many more. Four other plaques which commemorate stars, movies and TV shows filmed in the area will be added to the Walk of Fame and they include “Daniel Boone” (first season 1964 in Kanab area) cast member Darby Hinton will be accepting the plaque, Dan Drury (Black Bart-1948), Anthony Quinn (Buffalo Bill-1944, Ride, Vaquero!-1953), and Jack Nicholson & Will Hutchins (The Shooting-1966). Our two local honorees this year, Claude Glazier and Henry Eyring Bowman, are no longer with us, but will be fondly remembered by many longtime locals for their colorful lives and wonderful contributions to the area. Music at the Saturday night stage show at the Kanab High School Auditorium will feature the legendary Sons of the Pioneers, with over 75 years of continuous western music for the enjoyment of three generations of fans. All other western artists are measured against the high standard they have set. Our Friday night headliner returns by popular demand, Mama’s Wranglers (formerly known as the Kid Fiddlers). Their brief performance at last year’s Roundup was met with wild enthusiasm, so this talented family has been invited back as a feature act. Other festival activities include the street fair with nearly 100 merchandise and food vendors, the Saturday High Noon Parade, Thursday night Dinner with the Stars at the city park, Saturday morning Breakfast with the Stars at the Chuckwagon Cookout located at Little Hollywood. There will also be film festival activities and lectures, stunt shows, antique equipment and blacksmith demonstrations, two outdoor stages with continuous entertainment, quick draw shooting, western workshops, quilt show, silent auction, Saturday night Barn Dance, and celebrity panel discussions and autographs. While Western Legends events and activities are too numerous to list, suffice to say, there’s something for everyone! Last year saw several of our ticketed events sold out, so be sure to go online at www.westernlegendsroundup.com to get a list of activities and purchase your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment, or call our office Monday-Friday at 435-644-3444. See you at the roundup!