12th Annual Sportsmen's Show opens Saturday
By Valerie Scherbart Quist
The Tracy Area Sportsmen Outdoors Show is aiming for another successful year.
The show hours are Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center in Downtown Tracy. Vendors, seminars, and more are planned for the 2014 show, said Tracy Area Chamber Director Kim Roggatz.
“We’re excited to have the Raptor Center returning this year,” she said.
There will be two Raptor Center shows, at 11 a.m. The Raptor Center will remain at the show for a couple of hours after each presentation.
Hands-on racing for kids of all ages, by Genesis R/C Raceway of Marshall, is new at this year’s show. An R/C racetrack will be set up at the show.
Seminar speakers include Captain Josh Hagemeister, professional fishing guide for the Minnesota Guide Service, and professional guide Justin Lightfoot. Hagemeister will present seminars on walleye fishing at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Lightfoot will offer seminars at 10 a.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday.
On Saturday at 2 p.m., Greenwood Nursey will give a seminar on planting garden pots. JM Lawn Care and Landscape will give a program at 1 p.m. Sunday.
A wide variety of vendors will appeal to the Tracy Area Sportsmen Outdoors Show’s broad audience.
“There will definitely be something for everyone,” Roggatz said.
Other highlights include:
The eighth annual Tracy Area Sportsmen Car Show is planned Saturday, April 26 in Downtown Tracy. Check-in starts at 9 a.m.
Classes will include modified and stock cars, modified and stock pick-ups, custom and classic motorcycles, and a special convertible class. There will be first and second place plaques in each class for modified and stock class pickups and cars, and first-place prizes awarded for classic, modified, and custom bikes. Trophies will be awarded for best paint, best interior, people’s choice, rat rods, and convertibles.
Music will be provided by Mylan Ray.
The car show is free and open to the public. Rain date for the car show is Sunday, April 27.
Tickets are still available for the 2014 Tracy Area Sportsmen’s Show raffle, and will be sold the day of the show. Each $10 ticket is a chance to win prizes including a Trailmaster Mid XRX Go-Kart; $2,000 Greenwood Nursery landscaping/gardening certificate; Stately Dakota Grill with pheasant etching; Aspen chandelier; Rock Canyon queen comforter set; Weber Big Q gas grill; Remington 887 Nitro Mag 12-gauge.
The drawing will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket holders need not be present to win. Tickets are available at the Tracy Chamber office, Midwest Supply, Tracy Auto Value, and from Sportsmen’s Show committee members.
ATV training will be held Saturday, April 26. Registration is at 9:30 a.m., with the class starting at 10 a.m. upstairs at the Veterans’ Memorial Center. There is a $15 fee, and pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Steve Rykhus at (507) 276-3521, or inquire at the Tracy Chamber office.
Pedal pull, laser shoot, minnow races
A kids’ pedal tractor pull begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday on Morgan St. Registration starts at 1 p.m.
Also returning this year are MN Firearms Safety and laser shoot, and minnow races.
Food on site
Food will be on sale at the site, from the MN Angels, Tracy Food Pride, The Caboose, and Kettlecorn Castle.
For more information, call (507) 629-4021.
A spring elementary band and choir concert is planned Tuesday, April 29, 7 p.m., in the Tracy Area High School gym.
The elementary school choir, under the direction of Donovan Hanson, and the fifth and sixth-grade bands, under the direction of Chris Miller, will perform. Music will include folk, contemporary, and classic rock selections. There is no admission charge, and the public is invited. Students from Tracy Elementary and St. Mary’s schools will participate.
It is hoped that the concert will become an annual event.