By Naomi Hatch
Taylor’s summer celebrations begin with Trapper Days on Saturday, May 25.
Brad Click heads up the committee that came to the town council in 2003 requesting permission to have a celebration to honor those who helped to make Taylor what it is today.
“Too many times the pioneers, stalwart citizens, are forgotten and one of the most notable places in town is Trapper’s Cafe,” said Click, noting that Trapper’s has been written about in magazines and is well known throughout the country. Click wanted to honor Kirk (Trapper) Hatch, and he has put a lot of effort into doing just that.
An important part of the day is honoring the veterans in a program that begins at 10 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center on West Willow.
The flag at the Taylor Museum will be retired and presented to a veteran in the community. This year’s speaker will be Mayor Fay Hatch.
Names of those who from Taylor served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Desert Storm and the Global War on Terror will be read. Five from Taylor gave their lives while serving, including Royal Lewis, World War I; Fen Wakefield, World War II; Hunt Standifird, World War II; Gyle Standifird, World War II; and Dorothy Fails, Desert Storm.
The 11th annual Trapper Days festivities begin at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday with the American Legion Breakfast at Rodeo Park, which will continue until 8:30 a.m. The cost is $2.50 per person.
At 9 a.m. registration begins for the Pit Bull Weight Pull & Show. The competition begins at 11 a.m.
The American Race Cars on Display will begin at 10:30 a.m. by the bleachers.
Registration for the 50/50 horseshoe tournament is also at 10:30 a.m.
The Bucket of Blood Wild and Western Shoot Out will be held next to the pavilion at 12:30 p.m.
New this year is the Beard Growing Competition, and judging will begin at 1:30 p.m.
All of the historic sites will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m.
The Second Conformation Show begins at 2 p.m.
All activities will conclude at Rodeo Park by 5 p.m. on Saturday to give everyone time to attend the Taylor Country Program and Dance featuring local talent. Doors open at 6 p.m. at the LDS Stake Center on Willow Lane. All are welcome to come and enjoy a great night of entertainment and dance the night away following the show. Admission is $5 per person. For more information call Velda at 536-4965 or Bobbie Sue at 536-7684.
The Historic Tours and Wagon Ride sponsored by the Taylor-Shumway Heritage Foundation will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, May 27, and will feature a wagon ride tour of the historic homes and sites in Taylor. Following the ride, cowboy chili beans and cornbread will be served, accompanied by some great music. There is no charge; but the foundation asks for donations to help maintain the historic sites.
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By Naomi Hatch