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The making of future Western Legends
Every August, parents prepare to send their kids back to school and hope they’ll grow up to be doctors, lawyers and business professionals someday. This year, parents will be thrilled to send their kids to school to learn first-hand about the stuff legends are made of.
On Thursday, August 21, at 10 a.m. Kanab Elementary School kids will get to leave the classroom and head outside to participate in the “Wild, Wild West Morning Round-up,” and meet the stars of Dr. Buck’s Stunt Show. This just might be the best day at school all year! They will get to learn about the history of the American Cowboy from cowboy historian, author and equestrian expert, Lee Anderson. Anderson has performed for hundreds of schools throughout the country with his star sidekick, Concho, the horse.
Will Roberts, the acclaimed Wild West showman and professional trick roper, will amaze and amuse the kids with world champion trick roping skills. Some of the kids will even get a chance to learn a trick or two. Roberts has starred in the Broadway musical, “Will Rogers Follies,” and is America’s #1 tribute artist of Will Rogers.
The Wizard of the West, “Mysterioso” (a.k.a. Andrew Moore), will perform a fun-filled comedy, magic demonstration for the kids and there will be plenty of participation from the crowd. Professional singer and performer Miss Sarah will perform several songs from the classic westerns filmed in Kane County, as well as songs from America’s 1880s Old West. Kids will enjoy sing-alongs; one of Miss Sarah’s specialties.
The buckaroos of Kanab Elementary get the privilege of learning how stunts were done in the early days of Hollywood from Dr. Buck and his stunt partners. Dr. Buck is a professional Hollywood stuntman and actor whose credits include, “Pale Rider,” “Back to the Future III,” “The Long Riders,” and “The Sacketts.” Dr. Buck will give kids a history of western movies and a behind-the-scenes look at the unique career of being a stuntman.
There will be several chances for kids and adults to see Dr. Buck in action throughout Western Legends. He will be hosting the “Lil’ Buckaroo Game Corral” on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on the front lawn in front of the courthouse. Kids (or kids at heart) can come enjoy the rubber-band gun shootout, gold panning, calf roping and more.
There will be two all-new shows at the Crescent Moon Theater for a one-of-a-kind, family-fun, live stage show by Dr. Buck and an all-star cast of nationally known performers. “Dr. Buck’s Wild West Stage Show” can be seen on Friday from 2-3 p.m. or on Saturday from 1-2:15 p.m.
Dr. Buck and his gunfighters will be seen on the streets of Kanab several times during the Roundup. If you miss one of their comedy-stunt shows, you can catch them harassing the crowds at the High-Noon Parade on Saturday.
For more information about Dr. Buck performances or to learn more about Western Legends Roundup, visit the site at www.westernlegendsroundup.com or call the office (435) 644-3444.