Sweet Corn Festival opens Friday night at Rodeo Park

By Francie Payne

Residents of Taylor and the surrounding area and their visitors will celebrate at the annual Sweet Corn Festival slated this weekend at Rodeo Park.

The weekend festivities will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, as the fourth annual Ranch Rodeo opens. Events will include Bronc Riding, Bronc Steer Riding and the Ranch Rodeo. For entry and more information, contact Justin Burt at (928) 587-5244 or Miles DeWitt at (928) 308-1879.

On Saturday, Sept. 2, a Fly-In will be held at the Taylor Airport beginning at 6:30 a.m. Free flights will be offered to kids ages 8 to 18 and a pancake breakfast will be served.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. an Arts and Crafts Fair will be held in the grassy area at Rodeo Park. Kids can enjoy bouncy houses while the adults look over the arts and crafts. Fun for all ages is promised.

Food has always been a centerpiece of the festival and this one is no different. Beginning at 10 a.m., vendors will offer corn, Polynesian grill, Navajo tacos, hamburgers, hot dogs and more corn.

Also at 10 a.m. is the Sweet Corn Festival Parade, which will follow the theme Growing Sweet Memories. The parade starts at the Taylor City Ball field, then continues west before turning right on 200 South, then right on Cattle Lane.

The Horseless Rodeo will begin at 11 a.m., directly after the parade, at the Little League Field. Rodeo entry is free to kids 12 years and under.

The Taylor Historical Museum will be open to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other historical sites will be open from 1 to 3 p.m.

The second annual Real Deal Ranch Horse Competition begins at 1 p.m. in the Main Arena. For information, contact Mark Carlisle at (928) 386-2306.

Saturday’s Ranch Rodeo competition opens at 7 p.m. Fireworks will follow the rodeo.

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 4, the Hayride Jamboree begins at the Margaret McCleve Hancock Log Cabin. Participants will take a hayride tour of Taylor, then enjoy a cowboy dinner of chili beans and cornbread, and entertainment, including cowboy music. There is no cost, but donations are appreciated.