By Naomi Hatch
Many changes are coming to this year’s Trapper Days celebration, according to Chairman Brad Click. The annual event will be held on Saturday and Monday, May 25 and 27, in Taylor.
The American Legion breakfast will remain in is regular spot, serving from 6:30 to 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Other Saturday events include the Veterans Memorial Program at 10 a.m. at the LDS Stake Center on West Willow Street.
This year the dog show and weight pull will be sanctioned by the American Preservation Dog Registry, and will also feature treadmill races and a K-9 wall climb. All dogs must be crated when they are not being shown or are not being used in the competition classes. Registration will be from 10 to 11 a.m.
Click noted that the trail ride has been dropped from the schedule. “We have been very lucky over the years to have not had an accident during this pleasure ride. The weather has not cooperated most years and we thought as a committee that it might be best to have a nice little ride a little later in the spring, maybe as a completely different event.” He explained.
The barrel racing competition is also being discontinued, at least for this year, Click reported. It will be replaced by the Rodeo Queen horsemanship competition for the Pioneer Days celebration, and is tentatively scheduled at 11 a.m. More information will follow on this event.
“One of the real heartbreakers is the loss of the vintage tractor show this year” said Click. “They have another activity they are going to pursue during this time frame and we will miss them. As a committee, they were like part of the original founding gang. Steve and Sue Prestwich gave heart and soul to our celebration, and we will be forever grateful to them for helping get Trapper Days off the ground in the early years.”
“With the loss of horses, we bring in horse power!” Click said. “Many of the fastest cars and drivers in Arizona will be brought into the rodeo park area to display their racing machines and the hundreds of horses under their hoods.”
The committee is in communication with a vintage car club in an effort to secure a May 25 date for them to come to Taylor.
“New this year we are holding our first Trapper Days Beard Growing Contest,” said Click. There is no entry fee, and participants will be judged by the contestants entered in the various events of the day. First prize will be $100, second, $50, and third, $25.
The Lions Club will again hold its 50/50 horseshoe tournament at 11 a.m.
“The final event of the day couldn’t be better,” said Click, noting that Bobby Sue Solomon and Velda Hancock have put together another Country Music Show that will bring everyone to their feet. “Through the years this program has featured some of the best talent around. It is topped off with a dance following the show.” It will be held at the LDS Stake Center on West Willow Street.
“We invite all who have a deep patriotic pride in our area and our veterans to come and spend the day with us, visit our Veterans Memorial Monument and see first hand why we, in Taylor, love our town and the service its citizens have rendered to this country,” Click concluded.
By Naomi Hatch