City of Tracy Centennial Celebration and Taste of Tracy

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July 24, 2010 marks a very special day for the City of Tracy with a full list of great activities. The City will be celebrating its 100th birthday of incorporation.

July 24, 2010 marks a very special day for the City of Tracy with a full list of great activities. The City will be celebrating its 100th birthday of incorporation.

The City will continue the centennial activities through the annual Tracy Dry Bean Festival this September 11-12. The kick-off day includes opportunities for residents and visitors to truly get a ‘Taste of Tracy’ by participating in a variety of free events throughout the day and evening sponsored by the City.

Events begin Saturday morning at 8:00 am at the Tracy Transit Station with a Civic Arts Projects Dedication with works exhibited featuring local and regional artists. This dedication will be followed by Downtown Historic Bus Tours which include several stops in downtown and historic parts of Tracy such as the Grand Theatre, the Old Town Hall & Jail, the Tracy Inn, the Tracy Historical Museum, and much more. Details about the Civic Arts Projects and the bus tours can be found at http://www.CityofTracyCentennial.com.

The day’s activities build up to the evening celebration which begins at 7:00pm at the Tracy Civic Center Plaza. To help commemorate the city’s 100 years of incorporation, several political dignitaries will participate in the evening program. These dignitaries include Congressman Jerry McNerney, Senator Lois Wolk, Supervisor Leroy Ornellas, and a representative from Assembly Member Cathleen Galgiani’s office.

The City’s own leadership will be represented in full force by Tracy Mayor Brent Ives along with Mayor Pro Tem Suzanne Tucker and other City Council Members Michael, Maciel, Evelyn Tolbert, and Steve Abercrombie. Other special guests in attendance will include former Tracy mayors Dick Hastie, Dan Bilbrey, Bob Canclini and Bob Wilburn.

Formal proclamations will be presented from the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Jerry McNerney, California Senate by Senator Wolk, representatives from Assemblymember Cathleen Galgiani and from San Joaquin County by Supervisor Ornellas. And other presentations will be offered by Mayor Brent Ives and Former Mayor Dick Hastie.

The evening program includes special music and finishes with the popular Taste of Tracy event with food and wine samplings from local Tracy restaurants and wineries for a ticket price of $10. Live jazz music will be provided by Main Street during the food and wine tasting.

Tracy has also setup a special website http://www.CityofTracyCentennial.com where anyone interested can find out not only about the specific Centennial activities, but they can also read about Tracy’s history. The website features a place to share stories and memories. One of the early contributors Shawn Smith posted

“We came to the City of Tracy in 1991. Since then, we have raised our children here, met cherished friends here. We have watched the City of Tracy grow from a population of 33,000 to over 80,000…We are proud to call this community our home. We have been very happy to be a part of the City of Tracy’s first 100 years!”

A special video series developed by the Centennial Planning Committee, the Westside Pioneers (a historian group) and Tracy Press Publisher Emeritus and Tracy Historian Sam Matthews. The videos highlight Tracy’s rich history alongside the Tracy of today and the future of Tracy. New segments will be released on the website throughout the summer and leading up to the culmination of centennial events at the annual Tracy Dry Bean Festival in September.

For more information visit http://www.CityofTracyCentennial.com or http://www.ThinkInsidetheTriangle.com.

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