What started out as a Sunday event hosted by the Seventh-day Adventist has evolved into a weekend long festival in Taylor, highlighting agricultural life in the area — as well as attracting audiences far and wide to the sleepy rural town of about 230 people.
The Good Ol’ Taylor Days returns to Main Street and Heritage Hill in Taylor on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, with events ranging from horse drawn harvesting, a flea market, the craft and vendor show, a street dance with the Cody Charles Band and even a Rebel Customs Car Show. For the past 25 years, Good Ol’ Taylor Days continues to highlight much of the history behind agriculture with its antique tractors, demonstrations of threshing and even potato digging.
Ryan Rebel, who runs Rebel Customs Car Show and helps facilitate the antique tractor and new equipment show, said that this year’s Good O’ Taylor Days should be a treat for families, community members, alike.
“It’s pretty (unique). I think some other towns have tractor pulls and stuff too, but this one’s got the old tractors hooked up to the sleds, so they’re kind of fun to watch. A lot of towns have car shows, but ours is pretty relaxed,” Rebel said, adding that there are two trophies involved compared to some other car shows that have 20 different classes.
Each year, Good Ol’ Taylor Days will attract anywhere from 500 to 600 people with events happening downtown on Main Street and atop Heritage Hill. This year’s 8th Annual Rebel Customs Car Show is expected to be a hit with attendees, Rebel added.
“It's just good to see people getting out and about… (People) love the old cars. Everybody comes down just to see… The event’s kind of family base; we try to get the kids involved,” Rebel said. “You’re not going to come in and spend $30, $40, $50. It’s cheap entertainment and it keeps people coming to Taylor. It’s kind of why we do it (with) the car show stuff and everything — we’re just trying to not disappear off the map.”
Like many who attend each year, Rebel said he looks forward to the agriculture show.
“It’s not a big junk fest like you see in a lot of towns. It’s just people there enjoying the sun and the company of everybody else (with) the cars and tractors,” he said.
If modern day horsepower isn't your fancy, perhaps settling down for a horsed drawn harvest will scratch that Ol' Taylor Days itch for agriculture of yesteryear. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sept. 11 at the Heritage Hill.
Rebel said, adding that draft horses from Belgians to Percherons will be used to pull potato diggers, discs and combines. Bundles of wheat will even be harvested in a threshing machine.
“What a lot of people don't see is that in the spring they have planting days and stuff like that, where a group of guys get together and they get their horses or their old tractors or whatever and they’ll farm just the way they used to… 100 years ago. They'll break the ground and then, till it, and plant it. They go through all the processes of planting a crop just the way it was a hundred years ago,” Rebel said.
For more information, visit the Taylor Park Board Facebook page. For a complete list of events of Good Ol’ Taylor Days, go to visitdickinson.com/events/2021/good-ol-taylor-days.