We hope that none of our subscribers got blown away by the wind and storms last Sunday. As we head into the home stretch of a surprisingly fast summer, the cooler, drier weather already feels like a hint of September prodding us to get out and enjoy some of the season’s final events before it’s time to put our shorts away.

Wisconsin State Fair

Our state fair is a pretty darned good state fair. It opens at 8 a.m. on each of its eleven days, and today until 4 p.m. you can get in for $2 when you donate 2 or more non-perishable food items or cash. Main Stage entertainment this year includes Boston and Kenny Rogers. You can choose from dozens and dozens of different foods-on-a-stick, including Battered Cajun Shark Bites On-a-Stick and a Deep Fried Elvis On-a-Stick.

Holy Rosary Annual Parish Festival

Kenosha’s oldest Italian Catholic parish (established in 1904 at the present location of Mount Carmel), Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii hosts its annual festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the parish grounds at 2224 45th Street. There’s entertainment each evening, a raffle featuring a 2015 Dodge Caravan as the grand prize, and a 10:30 outdoor Mass on Sunday morning, followed by a spaghetti dinner in the gym from noon until 6 p.m.

American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Kenosha

One of the bigger Relay for Life events in our region is taking place at the at University of Wisconsin-Parkside Outdoor Track, near Highway E and 39th Avenue in Kenosha on Friday and Saturday. The Survivors Lap kicks things off immediately following the opening ceremony Friday evening at 6 p.m. There will also be a Luminaria Ceremony, plus all sorts of booths offering food, games, information — and many opportunities to contribute to the American Cancer Society’s fight against the diseases.

Downtown Racine First Fridays

A new month means a new First Fridays bash in downtown Racine. Stores are open later, restaurants and clubs offer specials, musicians perform live, and it’s a great chance to bump into people you know.

Pike River Benefit Concert Series

The final show in Hawthorn Hollow‘s summer concert series for this season features Kai Andersen and the Pickups, an indie rock band from Kenosha with folk and Americana roots. They’ll perform from 6 to 9:30 Friday evening in Hawthorn Hollow’s outdoor amphitheater on the Pike River.  Your $7 admission supports the nature sanctuary — as do your purchases of food, wine, beer, and other beverages (no carry-ins, please). Hawthorn Hollow is located at 880 Green Bay Road, across from Petrifying Springs.

Zachary Scot Johnson and Macyn Taylor at Fusion

Two of our area’s most successful singer-songwriters,  Zachary Scot Johnson and Macyn Taylor, will perform Saturday night at Fusion, the intimate new music club in Kenosha’s Harborside area, just north of downtown. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $10.

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