Once again the friendly little city of Kanab will slip back in time to celebrate the “real” and the “reel” cowboys of Southern Utah. For three days, August 27-29th, the Western Legends Roundup will celebrate the lively music, quintessential cowboy poetry, classic films and historic activities of its Western Heritage. Western Legends is one of the most unique and authentic events in the west!
This year the Western Legends Round-up is proud to be hosting concerts by The Sons of the Pioneers, A Tribute to Marty Robbins and Patsy Cline (performed by Rollie Stevens and Carmen Ruiz) and Suzy Bogguss!
Few realize that more classic Western movies (over 300) were filmed here in Southern Utah than anywhere else outside Hollywood – Kanab earned its title as the “Little Hollywood of the West.” The stunning red rocks, sweeping sand dunes, dramatic cliffs and endless canyons made it a natural setting for Westerns featuring the escapades of early cowboy wranglers and hardy pioneer settlers. During Western Legends fans will get to sample that early western lifestyle the “way it was”, meet some of the original movie stars and visit original sets from shows as well-known as “Bonanza” and “The Outlaw Josie Wells.” This year the ever popular movie “How the West Was Won” will be honored with star Bruce Boxleitner in town. Other well-known icons from Hollywood’s Golden Age will also be attending, including: Clint Walker, Dan Haggerty, Roberta Shore and even Barry Corbin. Every day a western-style street fair entertains with vendors selling everything from saddles and hats to purses with pistol pockets (and everything in-between). Plenty of demonstrations and activities for attendees of all ages will line the streets. The now famous “Shoot-Out” demonstrations and contest attracts gun sharps of all ages. A quilt contest (with raffles), enticing smells coming off demonstrations of Dutch Oven cooking, tents pitched by “genuine” mountain men and, of course, the two stages at each end of town offering non-stop country-western music all add to the hum of activity. For these three days local townsmen are allowed to ride their horses into town, and mule-wagons clip by giving free rides to anyone wanting to set down on the plank seats. At night, more music by well-known performers, food, and barn dancing keep everyone hopping. On Saturday, Kanab clears the highway for a full-blown stampede. The High-Noon Parade begins with a clatter of hooves as wranglers guide their feisty long-horn steer down Main Street followed by horses, wagons, the mountain men, more cowboys and all kinds of Western fun. Western Legends Roundup is definitely a great family event; most activities are free to attend.
Due to its great success last year, Western Legends is once again including a horse-drawn wagon train beginning Monday night before the big event. For three-days and two-nights the wagon train will travel across the glorious Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument, past sites where “Daniel Boone” and other great movies were filmed, finally pulling into town in time for attendees to take part in a Dutch Oven Dinner with the Stars.
Kanab invites you all to come visit our genuine Western Legends town during its signature celebration. Take a trip back in time to when the West was alive with wagon trains, cattle drives, cowboys, story-telling, music and grand ideas. Learn more about real red rock country, and the hard-working, starry-eyed dreamers who founded an important part of our American culture. For more information on the many events and special performances, visit us at www.westernlegendsroundup.com. More information before and during the event can be found at the Kane County Office of Tourism, 78 South 100 East – just look for the statue of the painted buffalo!
Free Western street Fair. Some concerts and shows are ticketed.
2015/08/27 - 2015/08/29
Additional time info:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening concerts begin at 7:00pm