The Tracy Festival begins today.

The festival originated in 1975 with the centennial celebration of the town. After a 9-year layoff from the holding the festival Marion County Engineer and former Tracy resident Tyler Christian tells KNIA/KRLS News a group of people from Tracy got together and thought with the number of young families and children in town Tracy needed to hold a celebration to bring out more of a sense of community. A movie in the park tonight at 7 p.m. will kick off the festival and attendees are asked to bring a blanket or chairs. Saturday’s activities begin with a 5K walk and run at 9 a.m. with registration starting at 8 a.m. At 10 the kids zone opens at the fire station ball diamond location and will run until 4 p.m. A bags tournament and a spaghetti lunch will be held at the fire station from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a free will donation. A community coffee time will be held at 2 p.m. for anyone wanting to relax and catch up with their neighbors. Steve McCombs and Danny Mitchell will kick off the live music portion at 5:30 p.m. and Matthew “Bones” will start at 6:30 p.m. with the Sugar Creek Band to end the night. To hear the complete interview with Tyler Christian, tune in for today’s In Depth with Dr. Bob Leonard.

Friday 9/29
7 pm = Movie in the Park with concessions. Bring a blanket or chairs.

Saturday 9/30:
8 am = 5K Check In & Warm Up
9 am = 5K Fun Run/Walk. Register online at
10:30 am = Bags Tournament Registration. Contact Curtis Carlson 641-891-4489.
10-11 am = Face Painting by Amanda Frye & Lori Gordon
10 am = Kids Zone Open until 4 pm
$5.00 Wristbands: 2 Different Bounce Houses plus numerous other games & fun including the famous Balloon Darts trailer!
11 am – 1 pm = Free Will Donation Spaghetti Lunch to Clay Twnsp Fire Dept.
11 am = Bags Tournament Starts
11 am = Sack Races
12 pm = BYOB – Bring Your Own Bullfrog (Frog Races)
1 pm = Egg on a Spoon Race
1:30 pm = Kiddie Tractor Pull Sign Up
2 pm = Kiddie Tractor Pull (Basketball Court) Trophy for 1st
2 pm = Coffee Time at the Fire Station
4 pm = Kids Zone Closes
4 pm = Clay Twnsp Fire Dept hosts 2 man Water Wars & Kids Water Wars
5:30 = Steve McCombs & Danny Mitchell (of the original Fenderman 3)
6:30 = Matthew “Bones”
8:30 = Sugar Creek Band