Shiny new farm equipment, beautifully groomed livestock, home-made pies, racing pigs, snow cones and tractor pulls. That can only mean one thing — it's Racine County Fair week! This midsummer weekend also includes an ethnic festival, live theater and shopping deals. Come along with Real Racine.
Racine County Fairtime! The Racine County Fair promises "a barn good time" at the fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave. at the edge of Union Grove. It's open 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. now through Sunday with livestock judging, games and contests, carnival rides, demolition derbies and circus acts. Headliners at the grandstand are Uncle Kraker on Thursday night and Jana Kramer and the legendary Charlie Daniels Band on Saturday night. Fair admission is $9 adults, $7 seniors and $6 juniors ages 8 to 13. Kids ages 7 and under get in free. For a complete schedule, visit www.racinecountyfair.com
Food, fireworks, fun. What has terrific food, lots of music and some of the area's favorite fireworks displays? It's the Roma Lodge Italian Festival this Friday through Sunday at Festival Park, 5 Fifth St. It all kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday with authentic Italian food like meatball bombers, pizza, pasta and more. This year's entertainment has some of the area's most popular bands like The Boogie Men, The Britins, Zicomatic, Mean Jake and The Sentinels. Fireworks over Lake Michigan are scheduled for 9:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Adult admission is $4 in advance and $5 at the gate. Visit www.romalodge.com/italian-festival-2014
Theater openings and closings. "Down the Road," a play described as a psychological thriller crossed with a morality play, debuts at 8 p.m. Friday at the Sixth Street Theatre, 318 Sixth St. The Over Our Head Players present this story of a husband-and-wife team of journalists who find themselves interviewing a serial killer. This play includes adult themes and language. Performances are Friday through Sunday and the following weekend, Aug. 1-3. For tickets and showtimes, call 262-632-6802 or visit www.overourheadplayers.org. Also this weekend, two other local productions are wrapping up their runs. The Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., present "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" Thursday through Sunday. Call 262-633-4218 or visit http://www.racinetheatre.org In Bu.rlington, The Haylofters present "Into the Woods" at the Malt House Theatre, 109 N. Main St., Thursday through Sunday. Call 262-763-9873 or visit http://www.thehaylofters.com
Bargain hunting in Burlington. Head to Burlington for two full days of fun and shopping. On Friday and Saturday, it’s Sidewalk Sale Days and Citywide Treasures Rummage Sales. Vendors will be located throughout Downtown Burlington and at Wehmhoff Square Park from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is also an ice cream social at the Pioneer Cabin, live music Downtown and at the park and a used book sale at the Burlington Public Library. At the same time, look for rummage sales all over the city. This annual event is organized by the Burlington Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.burlingtonchamber.org
A day to get fit! Everyone is invited to the Fitness Fair on the Square from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Monument Square in Downtown Racine. The day is dedicated to fitness, health and wellness. You’ll find demonstrations, information, fitness classes, like Zumba and Bokwa, every hour, live music and children’s activities. It’s all free and presented by the Racine Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services and Headlight Fitness.