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Southern Utah News Front Page: August 27, 2015

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Welcome to Western Legends Roundup!

By Dixie Brunner

Welcome to Western Legends Roundup – both area residents and tourists alike! We’re so glad you have chosen to visit the southern Utah and northern Arizona area, and attend this heritage event.

Western Legends Roundup is a celebration of our heritage – both real and reel cowboys!

As you read the program and stroll along Main Street, you’ll see plaques honoring ‘real’ cowboys. These are cowboys that have actually worked in ranching, or created business opportunities that sustained this remote area. This year the local ‘real’ cowboy honorees are Elmer Jackson and Kelvert Button.

There will be activities that provide for education and celebration of the real cowboys who are here or came before us. Make sure to catch Dr. Buck’s Wild West Gunfight and Stunt Show, the wagon train parade, general blacksmithing, antique equipment working displays, the High Noon Parade, and live horse displays.

‘Reel’ Cowboys is our catch phrase for all the movie actors, producers, stuntmen and western film extras. They put us on the map and provided international television and movie exposure of this area’s scenery with such epic films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Lone Ranger, Maverick ... and so many more! Literally hundreds of movies, television series and ads have been filmed here, officially earning its name ‘Little Hollywood’ for many years! Activities to celebrate ‘reel’ cowboys are western film viewings, celebrity panel discussions, or visiting with the stars at the celebrity star autograph booth.

The Little Hollywood plaque honorees this year are Cameron Mitchell and Eva Marie Saint. Their plaque presentation will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Entertainment abounds! There will be featured performers like The Sons of the Pioneers, a Marty Robbins and Patsy Cline Tribute Concert featuring Rollie Stevens and Carmen Ruiz, Suzy Bogguss, plus Trinity Seeley, Stan Corliss, and SaddleStrings. Celebrity cowboy poet and emcee Andy Nelson will also be on hand. But don’t just enjoy the featured performers, music and entertainment will abound during the entire weekend on the two performance stages set up on Main Street.

If you’re hungry after all that activity, there will also be plenty of food booths at the event, and Kanab boasts numerous fine restaurants. You won’t go away hungry and can definitely find food to fit your fancy!

Come enjoy this area’s western hospitality weekend during Western Legends Roundup 2015!


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