Western living has always beckoned those with a lot of grit, fortitude and perseverance. While we’ve enjoyed conditions of ease for a long time and in some ways become a little soft, that grit will always show through during challenging times – like the current COVID-19 crisis.

Those who originally ventured west were certainly willing to make sacrifices, take measured risks and cut through the bull-pucky of misinformation, sensationalized tales and yet be extra mindful of those for whom the risk was too great. And so it remains today.

Western Legends Heritage and Music Festival will move forward on Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15, with a few modifications. All events will be outdoors and mostly free.

The event will take place primarily on north Main Street, where Country Battle USA, the country band competition, will take place among the street fair and Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) Cook-off both days.

The rodeo will be held at the Kaneplex Arena on Friday night and the High Noon Parade will pass by north Main Street on Center Street as usual on Saturday.

Due to the increased risk of COVID-19 for those over 65, the stars were cancelled this year. We want to keep them safe and not create a situation where they would potentially have to quarantine when returning to their out-of-state residences, or feel pressured to break their home states’ travel orders, as things are ever changing with travel restrictions. We love our stars and look forward to their return in 2021.

The bus tours were also cancelled this year, due to the very restrictive seating capacity. However, self-drive tours are encouraged to the movie sites that western movie lovers find so fascinating. Just check in at the Visitor Center (78 S. 100 E. in Kanab), and meet with our expert hosts for suggestions.

The best news of all is that you can attend every element of Western Legends and only pay $10!

The rodeo and the People’s Choice plate of BBQ at the KCBS competition are just $5 each per person. Folks will be able to enjoy all of the entertainment, including the headliner, Chris Petersen, for FREE!

However, you’ll want to bring your money for shopping the unique vendors at the street fair and for concessions at the rodeo. Cash only accepted at the rodeo.

Kane County is in the Green phase of the Governor’s Utah Leads Together Plan and event organizers will be following the guidelines for events and ask that attendees do so as well.

We will have bandanas for sale at the Information Booth for any cowboy or cowgirl that needs a face mask.

For more information and the event schedule, go to www.KanabWesternLegends.com.