From bummer, to summer

BISHOP BRINKLEY was one of hundreds of children who found the water at the Tracy Aquatic Center very enjoyable during a hot summer day this past Saturday — a day that marked the reopening of the aquatic center for the first time since 2019. Photos / Per Peterson

An outdoor women’s expo, An evening movie in the park, The re-opening of the aquatic center. It all added up to the perfect start to summer in Tracy on Saturday.

By Per Peterson

A park and a pool combined for an idyllic, unofficial kick-off to summer in Tracy on a steamy Saturday.

Under sunny skies and amidst rising temperatures that topped out at near 100 degrees, the City of Tracy threw a major summer bash this past weekend, complete with a new event and the return of two local favorites.

Central Park was open for business shortly before 10 a.m. on Saturday for the annual Prairie Women’s Expo, which was cancelled last year because of the pandemic. The popular event typically takes place inside the Veterans Memorial Center, but this year, as a special twist, it took place in the open area of Tracy’s most spacious park.

“I think it went very well,” said Expo organizer Casey Schmidt. “No one complained about the weather, as long as we had the breeze — they said, ‘Oh, there’s a good breeze, we’re good.’”

All the goodie bags for visitors were gone by noon, Schmidt said.

Organizer Krista Loftness said although the weather was a bit warm — the mercury reached 96 degrees by noon — things went as well as could be expected.

“We had a good turnout and we look forward to next year,” she said. “We really wanted to do something, but with COVID, we didn’t know about the VMC or the high school, what would be allowed. By having it out in the park, everyone was able to enjoy it without worrying. And with more people getting the shots, more were able to come out and enjoy it.”

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