Western Legends

Kanab's Western Legends Heritage & Music Festival

Join us August 14 & 15, 2020 for Kanab's Western Legends Heritage & Music Festival, as we remember and celebrate our western heritage of old tough and true cowboys, movie history and the stars that come with, as well as music old and new that keep our western hearts alive.

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As the phased re-opening of the state’s economy progresses, our staff is diligently working on modifications to safely move forward with this event. Specific details of safety and precautionary measures and any other new changes, will be provided as we move forward in the planning process.

We will make necessary enhanced adjustments in order to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there is a risk of exposure to the virus when in a public setting. By visiting this event, guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.



Dear Western Legends Fans,

We are happy to announce that we are moving forward with Western Legends Heritage and Music Festival this year on August 14th and 15th. We have modified the event in order to adapt to the ever changing landscape resulting from COVID-19.

We love our movie stars and have decided to suspend that portion of the event in order to protect them and not put them in a position to violate any of their own state’s travel orders or the challenges of quarantining upon their return. They are a valuable part of our event and will be greatly missed this year. We look forward to their return in 2021.

All of the events for 2020, will be conducted outside to better accommodate social distancing in open air.


This year we have the following scheduled:

Aug 14th:

  • Vendor Fair
  • Country Battle USA band competition
  • KCBS BBQ Competition
  • Rodeo @ Kane Plex Arena

Aug 15th:

  • Vendor Fair
  • Country Battle USA
  • KCBS BBQ Competition
  • High Noon Parade
  • Chris Peterson Concert and Street Dance

Everything is free to attend except the rodeo which costs $5 per person.

For more information, please go to KanabWesternLegends.com.



Previously, Western Legends Roundup has been an event that generations have attended and loved for the last 20 years. Throughout Western Legends Roundup’s 20 years there has been a celebration and remembrance of the movies and stars that were a pivotal part of creating “Little Hollywood” in our scenic Southern Utah community.

As the years go on, many film producers sought out Kanab and surrounding Kane County as the perfect backdrop for their productions, using local cowboys and cowgirls for their heritage and talents. Even as you drive through our scenic highways and byways, or even an occasional back road, you can still see the remnants of days gone by.

The new and improved event will include a two-day battle of country and western bands called, “Country Battle USA.” There will be 8 bands allowed to compete, and $15,000 in prize money – winner takes all. The winner will perform during a street dance finale on Saturday night.

Don’t forget to join us for the wildest rodeo in all of Kane County! See tough and true cowboys continue in their western heritage with Bull Riding, Bare Back Broncs, Saddle Bronc, Barrel Racing, Jr Bulls, Peewee Steers, Mutton Busting, and Team Roping at the end of the night. Western Legends Heritage & Music Festival Rodeo will take place Friday, August 14, 2020 at the beautiful Kaneplex Arena overlooking Jackson Flat Reservoir and the glowing red cliffs of Kanab.

Kanab’s Western Legends Heritage & Music Festival will bring fun for all generations that share a love for the western spirit we hold so dear to our hearts.


Your band could win 15K! Compete in Country Battle USA on August 14th and 15th, 2020 at Kanab’s Western Legends Heritage and Music Festival in Southern Utah. Eight bands will play in this two-day, winner-takes-all, country western music competition. The winning band gets 15 thousand dollars, a street dance party, and bragging rights. Sign up now! Giddy-up!

Do you think you have what it takes to win $15,000 in our Country Battle USA?!?

Apply today!


Become a Vendor Today!


Western Legends is excited to partner with KCBS for this year’s celebrations.

Western Legend’s BBQ Cook-Off is a fully sanctioned KCBS contest. It is an outgrowth of event planning- barbecue’s proudest distinction: the Kanab community. This BBQ Cook-Off is a family friendly event, a judged cooking contest, and an experience for passionate barbeque enthusiasts of all ages.  Passionate and talented grilling teams will be coming from to Kanab all over the West to compete for $10,000 in prize money! Teams must prepare entries in the following categories: chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. Certified KCBS judges will evaluate barbeque in three different criteria: taste, appearance and texture. In addition to the cash prizes, this is a “Masters Series” is a qualifying event for the participants to progress to the prestigious American Royale and the Jack Daniels World Championships.

In addition to the Masters Series, Western Legends is also putting on a “Peoples Choice” BBQ Competition for both the pros and locals. Western Legends guests and locals can purchase tickets to vote for which grillin tastes bests. There’s a $1,000 purse for the winner, and proceeds from ticket sales will go to a local charity.

For more information, contact:

Marybeth Kuntz: mbkp@aol.com 314-750-3253 or visit this link for a team application.

Sign up to compete in the KCBS BBQ Contest!



Events to look forward to at
Kanab’s Western Legends Heritage & Music Festival:

– Western Legends Rodeo (Friday Night) –

– Country Battle USA (6 Bands Competing for $15,000) –

-Headline performance by 2019 Country Battle USA winner Chris Petersen

– Wagon Train Trek –

– Wagon Rides –

– High Noon Longhorn Parade –

– And Much More!

Don’t miss out on all the fun! Stay tuned for more info!