Jun 292011

By Naomi Hatch–

The annual Taylor 4th of July celebration will begin on Friday, July 1, with the Cowboy Poetry & Country Music program at 7 p.m. at Rodeo Park. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the program. This year professionals Gary and Jean Prescott will perform, and the evening will end with a concert by The Desert Sons featuring traditional and contemporary songs of the American West.

The firing of the anvil and a serenade by the Jennings Band will signal the start of the celebration at 5 a.m. on Saturday at Taylor Elementary School and go to Freeman Park, the LDS Stake Center on Willow Lane and end at the City Ball Park on East Center Street, firing to begin the 10K and two-mile fun runs at 6 a.m.

The patriotic program will be held at 10 a.m. at the Taylor Stake Center. The speaker this year will be Rex Shumway.

At 11 a.m. there will be a country music performance at Rodeo Park, where barrel racing is also planned.

Barbecue will be served at 12 noon and 5 p.m. at Rodeo Park.

This year Taylor will host its 57th annual rodeo, including barrel racing, calf roping, team roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc and bull riding. The rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for ages 5 to 12. Family tickets are $25 each.

The dance begins at 9:30 p.m. on the pavilion.

Photo by Naomi Hatch

Shirley Cole awaits visitors as she rocks on the porch of the Margaret McCleve Log Cabin. As part of the July 4 celebration, the Taylor historic homes, including the Shumway School, the Taylor Pioneer Museum at 14 S. 400 East, the Standifird Home at 304 S. Main St. and the log cabin at 7 E. Willow, will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, and the Taylor Museum, located at the intersection of Main and Center streets, will be open from 12 noon to 4 p.m. On Monday, July 4, the Taylor-Shumway Heritage Foundation will host the Hayride Jamboree. At 5:30 p.m. a horse-drawn wagon ride will take you to the historic sites in Taylor as the guide tells stories. The last stop will be at the log cabin, where a pioneer supper of chili beans and cornbread will be served and the Sundowners will entertain. There is no cost for the Hayride Jamboree, but donations will be gladly accepted.