Women’s Expo is ready, rain or snow

The quilt that is the main raffle prize for the Tracy Area Garden Tour in July will be displayed at Saturday’s Women’s Expo.

By Per Peterson

As yet another spring snowstorm barrels its way toward Minnesota, questions have been raised about how severe weather would affect Saturday’s 12th Annual Women’s Expo — will it be postponed or cancelled altogether? Tracy Area Chamber of Commerce President Greg Carlson on Tuesday told the Headlight-Herald the Expo will go on no matter what track the storm takes.

“Regardless of the weather, we will proceed as normal,” Carlson said. “We haven’t run into this before, as we usually had the Expo late enough where the weather wasn’t too much of an issue. It’s hard with the vendors to do any rescheduling, because a lot of them have their calendars booked for months out.”

More than 60 vendors are lined up for a booth at Saturday’s Tracy Area Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Women’s Expo, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial Center in downtown Tracy. As of Tuesday, Tracy is in a swath of Minnesota that sits between wind and snow to the north and rain and thunderstorms to the south. The forecast for the area that includes Lyon, Murray and Redwood counties calls for rain early, then snow.

“It appears the really bad stuff will go to the north,” Carlson said. ‘Whatever happens, people who can make it can bundle up, head indoors to the Expo and enjoy a taste of spring that way.”

The food court includes sponsors Bonnie & Clyde’s and Food Pride, as well as the Tracy Area Girls (TAG) softball club, which will be serving walking tacos as a fundraiser. Kettle corn will be cooked and served outside the main doors of the VMC, and 200 goodie bags will be given away.

This year’s fashion show, which begins at 1 p.m., features LuLaRoe, Pendants by Pam and Small Town Girls, and items can be purchased on-site.

There will likely be wine tasting going on at the Expo, but bottles of wine will not be sold.