Aug 242011

By Naomi Hatch–

Labor Day weekend is coming and with it the Taylor Sweet Corn Festival on Saturday, Sept. 3.

Festivities will begin at 7 a.m. with the Sweet Tri Triathlon, which opens at the Snowflake swimming pool. It will then take to the streets, where bikers will race from Snowflake to Taylor on Main Street to Paper Mill Road, and return on a course that includes Centennial Blvd. The running portion will be along Snowflake streets. For more information on the triathlon, go online to All proceeds from the event will go to the swimming pool.

At 9 a.m. the parade begins at the Taylor Ball Park on East Center Street and goes to Rodeo Park, where the rest of the day’s festivities will be held. To enter, call the Snowflake-Taylor Chamber of Commerce at 536-4331.

A craft show is planned from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the grassy area at the rodeo grounds.

Following the parade at approximately 10 a.m. is the horseless rodeo for the kids.

There will be a variety of food, including Taylor sweet corn, at the pavilion from 10 o’clock on.

The Taylor Museums will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and there will be tours of the heritage homes from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Ranch Horse Challenge begins at 1 p.m. at the rodeo grounds. Admission is free to spectators.

The Ranch Rodeo will begin at 4 p.m., and will feature horse races, a wild cow race, ranch horse competition and wild ranch bronc riding. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and up, $3 for ages 5 to 11 and free for those under 5.

The Hayride Jamboree sponsored by the Taylor-Shumway Heritage Foundation will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5, at the log cabin located on Willow and Main Street. There will be a hayride tour of historic sites, a cowboy dinner and entertainment. There is no cost, but the foundation accepts donations.