By Naomi Hatch–
The Taylor Trapper Days Celebration is scheduled to take place on Memorial Day weekend, with festivities centered on Saturday, May 28. The event is named for the late Kirk “Trapper” Hatch.
The day will begin with the American Legion breakfast from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Rodeo Park. The cost is $2 a person. Brad Click, chairman of Trapper Days, said, “You will get a big hefty helping of pancakes,” and there will be a few extras.
The memorial program at 9 a.m. will honor those who left from Taylor to serve the country during wartime. There will be the annual ceremony of changing the flag and presenting it to a local veteran. The names of all Taylor residents who served during a conflict will be read. There will be music, and Norris Baldwin, who served in the Army in the 1960s, will be the speaker. The patriotic program will be held at the monument at the Taylor Museum, located at the intersection of Center Street and Main Street. This year Floyd and Pat Fuentes are in charge of the program.
The vintage tractors will arrive at 10 a.m. and the Vintage Tractor Parade begins at 12 noon, after which they will be on display at Rodeo Park.
Registration for the 50/50 horseshoe tournament begins at 10:30 a.m.
The annual weight pulling for Pit Bulls begins at 10:30 a.m., and the All American Dog Registry Four Corners Conformation Show begins at 1 p.m. This is a sanctioned All American Dog Registry for the Four Corners Championship.
A new event this year will begin at 12:30 p.m. The Bucket of Blood Wild and Western Shoot Out will be exciting for everyone.
The historical sites, including the Pioneer Museum, the log cabin, the Standifird Home and the Shumway School House, will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. The Taylor Museum will open at 8 a.m., close during the patriotic program, then reopen and remain open until 4 p.m.
Barrel racing at the Rodeo Park Arena begins a 2 p.m., and is a Northern Arizona Barrel Racing Association event.
All activities conclude at Rodeo Park at 5 p.m.
The doors will open at 6 p.m. and festivities begin at 6:30 for the Taylor Country Music Show and Dance that at the Taylor LDS Stake Center Chapel on West Willow Lane, which will feature local talent. Dance the night away with live country music by the Sundowners. The cost is $5 per person or $10 per family. For more information, call Velda Hancock at 536-4965 or Bobbie Sue Solomon at 536-7684.
Sunday will be a day of worship and rest, and with no activities.
The Taylor-Shumway Heritage Foundation’s Hayride Extravaganza begins at 5 p.m. on Monday, May 30, and will include a horse drawn wagon tour of the historic homes and sites in Taylor. Meet at the Margaret Hancock Log Cabin on Main Street and Willow. Following the tours will be a pioneer dinner of chili beans and cornbread, and a hoedown that includes some good country music by the Yarn Brothers. Donations to the Taylor-Shumway Heritage Foundation are encouraged.
Due to the recent outbreak of an equine virus and the call for voluntary quarantines around the state, the Trapper Days trail ride scheduled on Saturday was postponed, and will be rescheduled after the horse virus is addressed and the threat to horses is gone.
Kirk “Trapper” Hatch