March issue of Accent West features Kenton Passion play

Friendly folks spur publisher's interest in area

Don Cantrell, Publisher of Accent West wondered aloud why he hadn't thought of doing an article on Kenton's Easter Pageant before now.

“I'm not sure if it's because of this new movie by Mel Gibson that's coming out or what. I just started thinking about it at about two or three in the morning. By the time I got up at five, I had it planned. I guess sometimes your subconcious is working,” Cantrell explained.

Accent West , a slick paged magazine is written locally and published in Amarillo. Until now it has confined most of its coverage to the Texas Panhandle and its people. However, with the March publication, all that changes. The March cover story  is on the Kenton Easter Pageant.

Cantrell, who grew up in Dalhart, admits he's never seen the production.

“I really just know about it by word of mouth. Each Easter I think I should go, but I haven't.”

The pageant, (According to  Norma Gene Young's The Tracks We Followed ), had its humble beginnings in 1951 when two young families decided a natural amphitheater would make the ideal setting for the crucifixion story. The rest as they say...is history.

Cantrell became more familar with the Kenton area as an employee of an aerial application firm battling grasshoppers.

“It was I think in the mid-sixties; I had never seen so many grasshoppers. We took three planes up there; it was like a scene from The Great Gatsby . the planes would land to refuel and fill their spray tanks and people would come from miles just to visit with us. They were so friendly; and as I recall they brought food.”

Copies of the magazine will be on sale by Friday in Moore's Grocery, Good News Books and Flowers, The Boise City News and Burrow Oil in Keyes.