Recreate Memories at Western Legends Roundup
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! This 16th annual Western Legends Roundup in Kanab on August 21-23, 2014, promises to be bigger and better than ever. This year’s roster of visiting movie stars is our largest ever with plenty of Hollywood celebrities scheduled to appear, including Clint Walker, Robert Fuller, Dan Haggerty, James Drury, Neil Summers, Roberta Shore, Wyatt McCrea, Don Shanks, Darby Hinton, Cheryl Rogers Barnett, Ed Faulkner, Alex Cord, Don Collier, James Stacy, Rudy Ramos, and many more. Headliners appearing at this year’s Roundup include Lynn Anderson, with Rollie Stevens, on Thursday evening; Waddie Mitchell, with Trinity Seely, on Friday night; and the Sons of the Pioneers, with Stan Corliss, on Saturday. All performances will be at the Kanab High School Auditorium. The Pioneers have accumulated more coveted honors and awards than anyone in Western music. They are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Western Music Association Hall of Fame and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame among others. The Smithsonian Institute named them as “National Treasures.” Other festival activities include the Western Artisan Street Fair & Festival Food Courts (beginning on Thursday this year), two stages with continuous live music, entertainment & poetry, the “Little Hollywood” Walk of Fame & Film Festival, Dr. Buck’s Wild Bunch Comedy Stunt Shows, Way Out West Buckaroo Game Corral for the kids, classic movie location bus tours, covered wagon rides, cowboy action shooting & wild west quick-draw competitions, western folklore workshops, Best in the West Quilt Show, celebrity panel discussions, antique farm equipment display & demonstrations, and classic tractor pulls (Saturday only). 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. From August 18-21, a Western Legends Roundup Wagon Train will be featured. Imagine yourself stepping back in time, traveling by covered wagon down the same trails John Wayne and others traveled in the great western movies. From the wagon seat you can see some of southern Utah’s most beautiful scenery and experience the Old West “the way it was.” The first night’s camp will be at the Daniel Boone movie set. There will be a stop one day at the famous Gunsmoke set, and then on to Kanab to enjoy the Western Legends Roundup Festival. Along the route, entertainment will be provided by Trinity Seely, Paul Bliss and Brian Arnold. Special guest is Darby Hinton, celebrating 50 years of “Daniel Boone.” See you at the roundup!