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Sportsmen's Show vendor space sold out

Arika Sanders

Jason Mitchell

The Tracy Chamber of Commerce Sportsmen’s Show will fill the Veterans’ Memorial Center Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26.

“It is going to be bigger and better then ever!” Chamber Director Kim Roggatz predicts.
All vendors are specific to sportsmen and outdoor activities. The event sold out of vendor spots in mid-March, and is now at its limit with fifty-five.

Four food vendors will be present for patrons.

Three gun dealers are among the dealers, marking the first time in many years that the show has had firearms vendors.

Outdoors seminars and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the weekend.  Saturday presenters are Jason Mitchell Outdoors at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m, Arika Sanders at  2 p.m. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Prairie Land Management and Northwoods Training Kennel.

A children’s tractor pedal pull is scheduled at noon Saturday, with registration at 11:30 a.m.  A silent auction all-day Saturday.

On Sunday, Saturday speakers return. Sanders will speak at 1 p.m. The Minnesota National Guard will be displaying an armored Humvee. A reptile booth on Sunday will have eight to ten creatures displayed, including a live alligator!

“The show is going back to what is suppose to be, about sportsmen,” commented Roggatz.

Admission is $2, with 12 years or younger free.


For speaker interviews see this week's Headlight-Herald.


VMC improvements proposed

By Seth Schmidt


Tracy Public School and City of Tracy leaders are discussing the possibility of jointly funding improvements to the Veterans’ Memorial Center.

The list of potential improvements, and estimated expenses, are:

• Replacement of 17-year-old multi-purpose vulcanized rubber floor with a new wooden floor large enough to accommodate two volleyball or basketball courts.  $120,000.

• Replacement of bleachers.  $110,000.

• Locker rooms and bathrooms.  $50,000.

• Acoustical panels.  $20,000.

• Enlarged atrium.  No cost estimate.

The improvements list was reviewed by the city council April 13, and the school board Monday.  A committee involving both city and school representatives met Thursday.

Supt. Chad Anderson said that the floor, bleachers, and acoustics have been identified as the “top priorities.”

Concerns have been raised about the safety of the VMC’s wooden bleachers.  The VMC’s “Mondo” brand floor, is nearing the end of an expected 20-year useful life.  Bubbles have formed on some portions of the floor, and its surface is becoming slippery in spots.

The acoustical panels would reduce the loud echoing that occurs when large events are held.

Anderson said that school leaders have discussed the possibility of contributing half of improvement costs.  However, the school would like the city to finance the improvements, with the school making annual payments for its half share.

City Administrator Mike Votca said that he is exploring options for the VMC financing for the council to consider.  But he said large VMC capital improvements are not in the city’s 2015 budget.

“That’s a lot of money to come up with,” he said.

Mayor Steve Ferrazzano and council member Tam Schons were council representatives who met with school representatives last week. Votca said that city representatives were supportive about VMC improvements,  if financially feasible.

For more on this article, see this week's Headlight-Herald.