Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.4 million members in approximately 46,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. The Taylor Lions Club is an organization comprised primarily of Taylor and the surrounding area residents that raises money and gives back to the local community. “That is really what we are all about. Trying to help those in need within the community as well as specific events. It’s about giving back to the community of Taylor,” says Jay Elkin, longtime Taylor Lions Club member.
The Taylor Lions Club relies heavily on local support to be able to do their part to give back. One of those supporters has been Dakota Community Bank & Trust (DCB&T). “It’s obvious they give back to the community. They have given back in ways of support to businesses as well as special events and the other communities that they are involved in,” discloses Elkin. Some of those events include Taylor Horse-fest and Good Ol’ Taylor Days. “The bank has been supportive and contributed immensely to both events. I cannot say enough about Dakota Community Bank & Trust and their involvement within the ag community.”
While 2019 was the first year that the Taylor Horse-Fest did not take place, it had been a long standing tradition in the community. Founded to honor the animal that played such a major part in Taylor, North Dakota’s heritage, from 1994 to 2018, Taylor Horse-Fest was hosted the last weekend in July. It featured a non-motorized parade, crafts and food vendors, exhibitors, children’s activities, music, local talent, and more.
Good Ol’ Taylor Days still takes place. “It is a great event that people from the community and surrounding communities fully support,” says Elkin. Also known as Good Ol’ Tractor Days, the festival starts each September with a parade of antique tractors and old farm equipment as well as a local custom car show that brings both outsiders and locals to witness the history of the tractors. Full of vendors, music, and food, the event held on Heritage Hill in the town of Taylor is also home to a flea market, tractor pull, and demonstrations on threshing, potato digging, and sawmill equipment. “People come from quite a distance to view the parade of tractors as well as the events that take place during the day. Dakota Community Bank & Trust has been instrumental in supporting this event.”
The Taylor Lions Club has also been very involved in the addition of a public venue featuring a grill on the edge of town. Open to the public, year-round, this covered building has housed family reunions and more. With the help of supporters in the community, like DCB&T, this decade-old public picnic shelter includes a full kitchen with a char-broiler grill and public restrooms on the west edge of Taylor on the Horse-fest grounds. “That is probably one of the nicest things that the Taylor Lions Club has been able to construct,” proudly mentions Elkin. Daryl Jurgens city board alderman adds that, “The Lions Club, in the summertime, has a steak night once a month there as a fundraiser, but anyone can come and use it as it is open to the public for a small fee.” Available for rent, this has been a wonderful addition to the community. While the small town membership holds close to 20, the Taylor Lions Club is always looking for new members to join.
Written by Lindsey Hefta, Marketing Director