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Five vie for Miss Tracy honors

Miss Tracy 2015, Anna Peterson, will turn over her crown to a new young lady. Sunday. The curtain opens on the Miss Tracy Scholarship Program Sunday, Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m.

The five candidates are:

• Emily Munson, sponsored by Tracy Eagles

• Sara Stoneberg, sponsored by  G&R Electric

• Vanessa Yang, sponsored by  Tracy Kiwanis

 Georgina Canto, sponsored by  Tracy Lions

 Robyn O’Neil, sponsored by Tracy American Legion

Directors for this year’s program are Mallory Fultz, Kim Roggatz, Ashley Daniels, Abby Tauer, Stefanie Scarset, Jesse James, Sandy Fultz and Pam Peterson. Tonia Nordsiden who will be helping with set decorations.

A total of $6,650 in scholarships will be awarded. Miss Tracy will receive a $1500 scholarship. Winners of the Spirit Award, Scholastic Achievement and community involvement, creative arts, fitness routine, presence and composure, and panel evaluation will receive a $300 scholarship for each category. Each participant will receive a Miss Tracy Alumni Scholarship for $250.00. One young lady will receive the Lori Bangasser Memorial scholarship worth $500.00.  The most photogenic contestant will receive an engraved frame as well.

The program will contain entertainment by the 2015 Miss Tracy winners, Anna Peterson, Cassondra Hook and Samantha Gervais, performing a skit.  Donovan Hanson will also be singing a song for the crowd. The five candidates will perform a dance number as a group as well.

Each girl will be performing their own talent. Georgina Conto will be entertaining the crowd with a dance number. Sara Stoneburg will be reciting a speech. Robyn O’Neil will be strumming her guitar. Vanessa Yang and Emily Munson will be singing for their talents.

Even though the number of participants is smaller than usual, there will still be a Miss Tracy, first runner up and second runner up.

“We had a good group of girls this summer,” Director Mallory Fultz says, “and I think they are excited to show what they’ve been working on all summer.”


BCD parade route changed

The Tracy Box Car Days parade will take a new turn on Monday.

Because of unfinished street construction on Morgan St, the parade route this year will turn east on Rowland  St. from Sixth St.  The route change means the parade won’t go proceed past St. Mary’s Church and School, and through downtown Tracy, as has been the Box Car Days tradition.

Kim Roggatz, Chamber director, said the Box Car Days committee opted to change the route because of the uncertain status of Morgan.  It is expected that Morgan will have a gravel surface by Labor Day weekend, but without curbing or sidewalks.

The Monday, Sept. 7 parade will start at its customary point at the intersection of Emory and Second streets.  The parade proceeds four blocks west on Emory, before turning south on Sixth for two blocks.  At Rowland St., the parade turns east for four blocks until returning to the Second St. and Central Park.  If feasible, parade units are encouraged to continue to make a pass in front of Prairie View Senior Living on Fifth St. East.


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

The Wheels Across the Prairie Museum has grown substantially in its first 30 years. Museum grounds now have 14 buildings, multiple flower gardens, and a four-unit freight train.


Wheels Museum celebrating 30th

The Wheels Across the Prairie Museum is celebrating its 30th Box Car Days this weekend with a trainload of special activities.

A pork chop lunch, free Saturday admission and train rides for children, an antique tractor show, root beer floats, a visit from the Great Plains Zoo Mobile, and a Sunday morning prayer service are among the activities.  This summer, the Tracy museum has been marking its 30th anniversary.

“There have been so many people who have contributed to the success of the museum all these years,” reflects Jon Wendorff, museum board chair.  “It’s really something how the museum has grown.”

When the Wheels museum held its grand opening in June of 1985, the museum consisted of exhibits in a single building.  Subsequent additions have included a four-unit freight train, a Chicago & Northwestern depot, a 19th century log cabin, a one-room school house, blacksmith shop, summer kitchen, Amiret Post Office, Monroe Town Hall, and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.  The museum’s replica barn has been expanded to include a family history center.  All told, the museum has about 14 buildings.  The latest addition this summer was a Norwegian cottage, festooned with rosemaling that was donated by Vi Knott and the late Robert Knott.

Wendorff encourages people to come out to the museum this weekend, especially if they haven’t been out in a while.  The museum has many new exhibits. 

“People are always amazed at how much there is to see,” Wendorff comments.

Daily adult admission is $6 for adults, with $2 for children, which includes free miniature train rides.  For Box Car Days weekend, people can purchase a $6 photo button depicting the museum’s switch engine, which is good for admission all weekend.

The museum will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

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