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Continuing tradition: Taylor Horse Fest celebrates 21st year

Charlotte Solley, of Gladstone, takes a ride on a bucking bronco metal sculpture at the 21st annual Taylor Horse Fest on Saturday. It was the first time at the festival for Charlotte and her sister, Haley, and father, Dana. 1 / 4
Visitors walk toward the exhibits at the Taylor Horse Fest following a parade through the center of town.2 / 4
A flag-bearer gets ready to lead the non-motorized parade through Taylor at Saturday’s Horse Fest.3 / 4
Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy, left, leads the horse parade through town during the 21st annual Taylor Horse Fest.4 / 4

TAYLOR — Hundreds of horse enthusiasts turned up for Taylor’s 21st annual Horse Fest Saturday.

The celebration of all things equine drew visitors and participants from as nearby as Gladstone and as far away as Switzerland.

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Horse Fest started in 1993 as a way to “honor the animal that played such a major part” in the town and area’s heritage, according to the event’s website.

The centerpiece of the day was the traditional horse parade, led by Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy and featuring a lineup of horses of all sizes.

Walking for the first time in the parade was a crew of Swiss artists and filmmakers who are touring all seven continents with the global art project BLOCH, a portion of the last felled spruce tree of winter from the Appenzell region of Switzerland.

The day’s lineup also included a pie social, horse adoption booth and street dance with the Blue Ribbon Band.

Horse Fest continues today with a pancake and sausage breakfast at the Taylor Opera House from 7 a.m. to noon and a non-denominational church service starting at 10 a.m.