July 30, 2015

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Thrills and the fair

This weekend brings some of the best summer has to offer! Start with exciting BMX bike and skateboard competitions, take in one of the state's favorite county fairs and sample one or more ethnic festivals. It's all happening in Real Racine.

Thrills at the beach. It's time again for BMX bike and skateboard action at Racine's North Beach Park, 100 Kewaunee. Bikes, Boards N Beach, produced by AGA Nation, opens at 5 p.m. Friday with free open riding on mobile ramps in the North Beach parking lot near the Kids Cove playground. The AGA Pro Show starts at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, registration opens at 12 p.m. for BMX and skateboard competitions and the Bustin Boards Longboard push race. The $10 rider entry fee helps support the Racine Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services' skate park at Pershing Park. All events are free to spectators. Saturday's contests and awards conclude by 8 p.m. Visit www.aganation.com to pre-register.

It's Fair time. The 93rd Racine County Fair is solid family fun through Sunday at the fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. You'll find farm animals, carnival rides, food-on-a-stick, live music and non-stop entertainment like the racing pigs, the Muttville Comix, the Bryon Blazek Bengal tigers and the Zoppe Family Circus. Evening headliners at the grandstand are:  Modern Day Romeos and Bella Cain on Thursday, truck and tractor pulls on Friday, Chase Rice on Saturday and the demolition derby on Sunday. General admission is $9 adults; $7 seniors and $6 kids ages 8 to 13. Kids ages 7 and younger get in free. The fair is open from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. each day. See the full lineup at: http://www.racinecountyfair.com

Festival dance and food.  Two long-time ethnic festivals share their traditions with the community this weekend. Serbian Festival, presented by St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 6108 Braun Road, Mount Pleasant, is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The celebration includes roast lamb, pork and chicken and performances by the Rastko Folklore Ensemble. The annual Armenian Fest is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. Members of the St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church will be serving up shish kebob, sarma and other delicacies. Free admission; donations accepted for the Racine Interfaith Coalition and the Vanadzor Elderly Meal Center.

Take in a Klassic.  The Kiltie Klassic Invitational presents drum and bugle corps performers from all over the Midwest at 7 p.m. Saturday at Case High School's Hammes Field, 7345 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant. This year's units include the famous Kilties, the Erie Thunderbirds, Chops Inc., Cincinnati Tradition, Crystal Lake Strikers drum line and the Jim Ott Brass Ensemble. The evening also includes the newest Kiltie Hall of Fame inductions. Admission at the gate is $10; kids ages 11 and younger free with a paid adult. Visit www.kilties.com or call 262-634-2100.

Get up and running.  One of the area's only nighttime running events, the Full Moon Four-Miler Run/Walk, presented by the Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce, is Saturday at the Waterford Public Library, 101 N. River St. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m.; the run begins at 8:30 p.m. A post party and awards presentation is after the race. The first 500 to register get a t-shirt and goody bag. The fee is $30. Don't forget the Half Moon Mini Miler Fun Run for kids (ages 2 through 12) starting at 3 p.m. Register at www.waterford-wi.org

Your chance to climb.  Everyone's bucket list needs to include a climb up the Wind Point Lighthouse, 4725 Lighthouse Drive, Wind Point. The August tour to the top of the 108-foot structure is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The price is $10 for adults; $5 for kids ages 6  through 12. No flip flops or high heels. Because of safety considerations, the climbs aren't available to kids ages 5 and younger. Reservations are a must at www.windpointlighthouse.com Even if you can't make the climb, the lighthouse grounds and the Fog Horn Museum are open daily, free and well worth a visit. The museum just added a 1910-vintage diorama of the lighthouse and an anchor from the "Alice", a Lake Michigan shipwreck off Wind Point.

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