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Legend of Rawhide: Annual reenactment celebrates Niobrara County history

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

Lusk – The annual celebration of the Legend of Rawhide pageant is a whole community performance. Originally written by Lou “Bonnie” Paris in 1946, the script for the Pageant was based on old stories passed down through the years in order to provide a glimpse into the history of the county.

According to the Legend of Rawhide website, “Each year, residents of Niobrara County and surrounding communities volunteer their time, energy and determination in service of the Legend of Rawhide Pageant.”

While involving many of the people in the community, the Legend of Rawhide pageant has made numerous contributions to the community over the past 50 years.

“Following the 1950 performances, the board was able to make a $6,000 donation, which is equivalent to $60,000 today,” according to the website. “The money was used to put up buildings on the fairgrounds.”

Over the years, the Legend of Rawhide board has been able to continue making donations to improve infrastructure and buildings on the Niobrara County Fairgrounds.

Additionally, the Legend of Rawhide board makes it a point to promote community spirit and goodwill, all while promoting the history of the county

“One for all and all for one is the Legend motto,” the website shares, “And we all strive to make Niobrara County a place we are proud to live and call home. With over 50 years behind us, we look forward to the future.”

The Legend of Rawhide is scheduled for July 8-10, 2022, with events ranging from a team driving contest, Legend of Rawhide dances, pitch tournament, a flag ceremony, parade and the pageant.

“The Legend will be our lasting legacy, a tribute to our heritage,” shares the website.

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