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Legend of Rawhide

A wagon is pulled towards the stage during rehearsal for the Legend of Rawhide on Thursday evening in Lusk. The pageant was written by EvaLou "Bonnie" Paris in 1946.

Put on by residents from all around Niobrara County, the Legend of Rawhide has been a staple in Lusk for over 50 years.

Legend of Rawhide

Ethan Starck adjusts the reigns on a team of horses pulling a wagon before a Legend of Rawhide rehearsal. 

Written by EvaLou “Bonnie” Paris in 1946, based on passed down stories, the pageant tells the tale of a member of a wagon train who kills a woman from the Sioux tribe and later turns himself in after tensions rise between the settlers and the tribe.

Legend of Rawhide

An actor in the Legend of Rawhide calms his horse during rehearsal Thursday evening in Lusk. The show has been put on in the town for more than 50 years.

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A beer garden and dance follow the show. The schedule also includes a “closest to the pin” contest, Texas hold ‘em poker and corn hole tournaments, ranch feed and team driving contest and a parade stretching from the Niobrara County fairgrounds through downtown.

Events run all day Saturday, and the pageant starts at 8:30 p.m.

Legend of Rawhide

Actors make their way to the main stage during rehearsal for the Legend of Rawhide on Thursday in Lusk.

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