From Thursday, July 6 through Saturday July 8, The Legend of Rawhide was in town and many Niobrara County residents donned their annual ‘old time’ outfits to participate. Over the course of the weekend, events included a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament won by Troy Jassman, the first Corn Hole Tournament won by Matt Love and Bill Dockery with Hunter Dockery and Shayley Love placing second, and Closest to the Hole won by Danny Matney. Of course performances took place both Friday and Saturday night where Sadie Sturman took over the direction of the Flag Ceremony from her elder sister Jessie Reed. This year, instead of the saddle raffle, a gun raffle took place where the winner had their choice of a Henry Golden Boy Rifle or an Uberti 45 LC , both of which were engraved with Legend memorabilia. Winner of the raffle was Billy Hite who took home the Henry Golden Boy Rifle while the other was auctioned off.
The Legend of Rawhide held their annual parade in Lusk on Saturday, July 8. Wagons accompanied by outriders and drivers decked out in their Legend outfits made it through town followed by participants of the car show, the Indian Village including Chief Dan Henry Hanson, and Medicine Man Brian Clark, the Lusk Volunteer Fire Department, and the Niobrara County Ambulance Service, among others. The Legend Board rode in a wagon following behind lead characters Clyde (played Saturday night by Monty Wade), Kate (played Saturday night by Lexie Dockery), and Mother Feather Legs (played by Anna Gray).
Following the parade, Legend performers made their way back to the fairgrounds for the evening’s performance.
Yearly, The Legend of Rawhide gives three special awards at the Saturday night performance. The awards are: Legendary Lifetime Award, Legendary Helper, and Legend Dedication. The Legendary Lifetime Award was presented to Pat Miller and accepted by his family. The Legendary Helper was presented to Corky Fosher and the Legend Dedication to John Eddy.