Living the Legend of Rawhide is what the Board of Directors have done as they have worked tirelessly throughout the past year. Each Board member assumes numerous jobs and responsibilities and see them through to the end. Along with each Board member they pull in their family and friends to make a large, extended network of workers.
The original script for the Legend of Rawhide was written by EvaLou "Bonnie" Paris in 1946 based on old stories passed down through the years. This script is still used today to wow audiences and show them a slice of our western heritage.
The Legend of Rawhide has made numerous contributions to the community over the past 50 years. Following the 1950 performances the Board was able to make a $6,000.00 donation which is equivalent to $60,000.00 today! The money was used to put up buildings on the Fairgrounds. Since 1986, the Legend Board has been able to donate $24,000.00 to Fairgrounds improvements. We have no permanent records before 1950 for the Legend of Rawhide. The Board works diligently for two weeks before the Pageant to prepare the grounds, fix electrical problems, repair picnic tables, and any other odd jobs that need to be done.
The most important thing that the Legend of Rawhide does for Niobrara County is to promote community spirit and goodwill. One for all and all for one is the Legend motto, 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. To "Doc" Reckling and EvaLou "Bonnie" Paris we owe our dawn, to today's audience we owe our existence and from our youth will come our tomorrow. The Legend will be our lasting legacy, a tribute to our heritage.