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August 22-24: Western Legends Roundup In Kanab, Utah

Aug 14, 2013 - 08:56 AM
August 22-24: Western Legends Roundup In Kanab, Utah

Photography: Courtesy Western Legends Roundup

Once a year western fans descend on Kanab, Utah, for the Western Legends Roundup, where they always feel right at home as soon as they arrive.

More than two-dozen screen stars are scheduled to appear at this year’s August 22-24 event. There will also be art shows, quilt shows, a Dutch oven cook-off, swing dancing, quick draw demonstrations, and music from the Sons of the Pioneers.

Home to just 4,000 residents, Kanab has been dubbed “Little Hollywood” after serving as the setting for hundreds of western films and TV shows. Its proximity to Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon offer filmmakers a stunning array of scenic backdrops.

Among the famous names returning to Kanab to meet their fans and sign autographs are Clint Walker (Cheyenne), Robert Fuller (Laramie), Johnny Crawford (The Rifleman), James Drury and Roberta Shore (The Virginian), and Denny Miller (Wagon Train).

Also attending will be Kathy Garver, best known as Cissy on the classic sitcom Family Affair. But she’s got legit western cred, having appeared on such series as Fury, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, Big Valley, Death Valley Days, Daniel Boone and Branded.

“I love to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city to absorb the wonderful feelings that Kanab emanates,” Garver said. She still has many fond memories of her western roles. “I loved to be outside and filming on location, soaking up the reality of a locale, riding horses, stirring up dust as I walk down the prairie streets,” she recalled. “It makes the acting experience so much more genuine and truly memorable. We didn’t get out much on Family Affair.”

Fans still recall her appearance on The Big Valley, where she played a rebellious teenage girl jilted by a visiting Indian prince (“The Royal Road”), but Garver’s favorite western role was in an episode of Death Valley Days called “The Magic Locket.”

“I played the young [dancer] Isadora Duncan. We shot right before Christmas and finished the entire episode in two and a half days — one-takes throughout. I was 18 playing a 12-year-old. When the producers began casting for Family Affair, and looking for someone who was 18 but could play 15, the powers that be were shown that episode and were convinced that not only did I look the right age, but I had the acting chops to star in a proposed long running series.”

Last year, Garver’s Family Affair costar Brian Keith was honored at the Western Legends Roundup with a star on Kanab’s Little Hollywood Walk of Fame. “I was pleased to make a speech on Brian’s behalf,” Garver remembers, “and I look forward to giving a silent tribute to him when I return.”


Western Legends Roundup will be held August 22-24 in Kanab, Utah. Find schedules, tickets, and more event info here.

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