Photos by Naomi Hatch
Len Shumway (standing, right) has been conducting the Jennings Band for more than 50 years. During the Patriotic Program, the Jennings Drum, played by a great-grandson, Steve Johnson (standing, left), was highlighted.
Ryker Brimhall had the honor of firing the anvil with his grandmother Kim Brimhall during the Taylor 4th of July celebration. They are descendents of Shum and Kathy Rogers of Taylor.
The Country Music/Cowboy Poetry program included special tributes to Tawna Flake Posegate, who helped get the first program started 20 years ago when all rodeos were cancelled due to a horse disease. It was held in the rodeo arena and Posegate got her nieces and nephews to ride stick horses during the program so they would still have a rodeo of sorts. This year’s awards were presented to veterans who had put their lives on the line. Kent Hall (left) and Taylor Vice Mayor Shawn Palmer (right) offer their congratulations to Charlie Hall (second from left), 91, who received the Top Hand Award, and Eldon “Spud” Stratton (second from right), 93, who received the Silver Spur Award.
The firing of the anvil is always a highlight of the Taylor July 4th celebration.