New Years Eve with a bang
A fireworks display by the Taylor Rural Fire Protection District will light up the sky over Taylor on Dec. 31.
TAYLOR, N.D. — The cold night sky will explode with color over Taylor this New Year’s Eve. Taylor Rural Fire Protection District plans to put on a free fireworks display Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. Parking for the event will be at the big red barn just west of the city on the north side of Old Highway 10. Those wanting to park there can turn north off of Hwy 10 onto 94th Avenue, Taylor Community Activities Board Member John Enderle said. He noted they plan to have snow cleared to make room for spectators.
“There's a trap club just south of the railroad tracks, and that's where they're actually going to shoot off the fireworks,” Enderle said.
Those who want to leave the comfort of their vehicles for a better view can keep warm by the bonfire that will be lit at 7:30 p.m.
“So you can either sit in your cars and watch the fireworks or you can get out and drink coffee by the bonfire,” Taylor Rural Fire Protection District Chief Jake Peterson said.
Peterson emphasized the show will go on regardless of what the temperature is outside.
“We loaded up the wagon with hay, so we'll have hayrides,” Enderle said. “We have a cook shack right by the big red barn. We’re planning to have hot cocoa and maybe hot apple cider.”
Before the fireworks begin, those who attend are encouraged to fill up on pancakes and sausage at the Taylor Opera House at 112 Ertel Avenue. The dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will cost $10 per plate. No tickets or reservations are necessary.
“We felt we had to accommodate people somehow if there was a crowd and folks always like pancakes and sausage,” Enderle said.
The event was created by Volunteer Fireman Wyatt Synnes.
“So I actually was talking to one of the Gladstone firefighters because they always do it during the Fourth of July,” Synnes said. “One of the firefighters from Gladstone just mentioned that maybe we could do something like that and so I came up with the idea to do it on New Year's.”
He met with the TCA to form a plan and location for the event.
“So it just turned into something a little bit greater than I thought it was going to and that's kind of what you aim for,” Synnes said.
Peterson said a company called Warrior LLC donated funds for the event.
“With Warrior's donation, we were able to put this on for the community, for Taylor and the surrounding communities,” Peterson said. “We want everybody to come and enjoy it."
Eberle said about $10,000 of class A fireworks will be lit. Synnes purchased pyrotechnics from Fireworks by Braun and expects the show to last about 30 minutes.
“We're excited,” Enderle said. “I hope the weather cooperates. It might be a little nicer by then.”