By Camille Johnson

Be prepared to take a step back in time to the old west on Saturday, August 29 at high noon. Up to 30 head of Texas Longhorn cattle will be driven down Center Street by cowboys and cowgirls for the annual Western Legends High Noon Parade. The longhorns will be followed by non-motorized and western-themed entries to maintain the historical nature of the celebration, and to give spectators a peek into the western past.

Doug Hunt of Dammeron Valley, Utah, will bring his herd of Texas Longhorns to Kanab for this year’s High Noon Parade. Texas historian and author J. Frank Dobie said the cowboy was born following a herd of Texas Longhorn cows. Spectators can celebrate the beginnings of the cowboy as our own local cowboys and cowgirls assist the Hunt family in safely driving the herd through the crowd of spectators.

The longhorns will be followed by 15 horse and mule drawn wagons from the wagon train ride that takes place just before the Western Legends celebration. Guests of the wagon train will reunite to ride behind the longhorns and share a glimpse of traveling in the old west. Other non-motorized, western-themed entries are welcome to join the High Noon Parade. Entries must be received by Thursday, August 20.

The longhorn drive has been a crowd favorite for years and the streets are packed. Come early to set up chairs and enjoy this one-of-a-kind parade. An emcee will announce the parade on the southwest corner of the Center and Main Street intersection.

Whether you are in the parade or just watching, guests of the Western Legends Roundup are invited to wear western clothing and get into the spirit of the celebration. This area is rich with western heritage and all are invited to participate in celebrating.

Western Legends Roundup will host two other parades to enjoy during the three-day festival.On Thursday, August 27, at 3:30 p.m., the wagon train comes into town at the conclusion of their journey from Alton. Folks can watch them roll into town beginning at the Comfort Inn hotel east of Kanab and heading west to the stop light and then south toward the high school.

The second parade, “The Parade of Power,” will be on Saturday, August 29, at 8:30 a.m., on Center Street in Kanab as the antique tractors that competed in the Tractor Pull roll through town. The antique tractors will give spectators an opportunity to see some of the early motorized equipment used to farm and cultivate this land.

For more information, go to or call the Western Legends Roundup office (435) 644-3444.