RC cars, Raptor Center to be at Tracy Sportsmen’s Show

There is a lot to do and see in Tracy this weekend as the community hosts the 12th Annual Tracy Area Outdoor Sportsmen’s Show.

Most of the activities are scheduled to take place at or near the Veterans Memorial Center on Morgan Street in Tracy, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Gate fee is $2 for ages 13 and older.

“We had about a thousand people attend last year,” Tracy Chamber Director Kim Roggatz said. “We’re expecting about the same again this year. It will be a great show. Stores will be open around town, too, so there will be plenty going on in town. There will be something for everyone.”

New to the show this year is the opportunity for people of all ages to experience hands-on racing courtesy of the Genesis Radio-Controlled Raceway, owned and operated by Brandon Skewes of Marshall.

“He’ll set up the track, and kids of all ages can come and race,” Roggatz said. “They can come try out the racetrack. I think that will attract even more people to the show. I’m pretty sure there will be dads and kids enjoying the racetrack.”

Registration for the 8th Annual Tracy Area Car Show begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Modified and stock cars, modified and stock pick-ups, custom and classic motorcycles and a special convertible class are all expected. There will also be cars for sale. Music will be provided by Mylan Ray.

“The car show is on 3rd Street,” Roggatz said. “It’s within walking distance of the VMC. And we’re expecting good weather for it. It’s supposed to be in the 60s.”

Along with a laser shoot and minnow races, a variety of seminars are being offered at the Sportsmen’s Show. Two professional guides, Captain Josh Hagemeister and Justin Lightfoot, will present fishing seminars at this year’s show. There will also be a seminar on lawn care and landscape.

The University of Minnesota Raptor Center is also returning to do a presentation at 11 a.m. each day.

“We’re really excited to have the Raptor Center back again this year,” Roggatz said. “It’s a fun program. They’ll have a seminar both days, and the birds will be out for a couple of hours afterwards.”

Registration for the kids pedal tractor pull for ages 4-11 starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with competition beginning at 2 p.m.

“The kids pedal pull is always a good time,” Roggatz said.

A wide variety of vendors will also be present, including food vendors.

“We have a good set up of vendors, not only for men, but a couple for women, too,” Roggatz said. “We have several food vendors as well. There will be chicken sandwiches, pork chops on a stick and walking tacos. There’s something for everyone there.”

A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources ATV safety training class is also being offered at 10 a.m. Saturday. Pre-registration is required by calling 507-276-3521 or 507-629-5510. Cost is $15.

The show will conclude with its annual raffle drawings at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are being sold for $10 and feature prizes such as a Trailmaster Mid XRX go-cart, a $2,000 Greenwood Nursery landscaping/gardening certificate, Dakota Grill with pheasant etching, Aspen chandelier, Rock Canyon comforter set, Weber Big Q 300 gas grill, Remington 887 Nitro Mag 12-gauge, plus many more prizes.

Schedule

Saturday

9 a.m. Eighth annual Tracy Area Car Show check-in

10 am. Seminar: Justin Lightfoot

10 a.m. MN DNR ATV course

11 a.m. Seminar: University of Minnesota Raptor Center

1 p.m. Kids pedal tractor pull registration

1 p.m. Seminar: Captain Josh Hagemeister “Walleye Fishing”

2 p.m. Kids pedal tractor pull ages 4-11

3 p.m. Seminar: Captain Josh Hagemeister “Walleye Fishing”

Sunday

11 a.m. Seminar: University of Minnesota Raptor Center

1 p.m. Seminar: JM Lawn Care and Landscape, LLC

2 p.m. Seminar: Justin Lightfoot

4 p.m. Raffle drawing (need not be present to win)