It’s a new month, a new season (meteorologically speaking), a new school year — and there’s new functionality at our Creative Root Events page! We’ve broken the year-long list into 12 month-long pages, which should load faster on your mobile devices and allow easier navigation. More tweaks are on the drawing board, as we labor tirelessly to keep you informed of goings-on in Kenosha and Racine counties, and the surrounding region.
Speaking of hard work, we have a long weekend set aside to honor such efforts, and a sunny/stormy summerlike weather forecast to go with it, so let’s look at some of the highlights.
If you’re an avid caber toss, sheep herding, or haggis hurling enthusiast, if you love the sound of bagpipes and the sight of men in kilts, or if you’re just here for the bridies and the Celtic music, the Wisconsin Highland Games is a annual gathering of the Scottish/Irish clans that you don’t want to miss. Held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Waukesha Expo Center (1000 Northview Rd. in Waukesha). Tickets are $10 at the gate, kids 12 and under are free.
Last weekend featured barbeque at Kenosha’s HarborPark. This weekend it’s cheese, as Cheese-A-Palooza takes over the east end of the lakefront park on Saturday and Sunday. Live music includes a dozen or so acts on two stages, food will be available from over 25 vendors, competitions include a grilled cheese eating contest and the Boucher Ford Challenge, in which contestants attempt to outlast each other in keeping a hand on a new Ford Focus. The winner can drive it for 2 years, payment-free.
If you’ve never been to Hawthorn Hollow (880 Green Bay Rd. in Kenosha), Saturday would be an excellent day to correct that. The nature sanctuary’s otherwise peaceful grounds will be buzzing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a good 5,000 guests browsing works of art by over 60 artists and enjoying music on two stages. Food, beer from Kenosh’a PUBLIC Craft Brewery, and wine will be available. The Hawthorn Hollow website has been swamped recently, but their Facebook post on the fair is a good alternate source of details.
The Midwest Street Machine Association of Kenosha is hosting its 12th annual car show in downtown Kenosha on Saturday. The event is free, and conveniently located amidst downtown Kenosha shops, restaurants, and bars. It’s also close to the aforementioned Cheese-A-Palooza.
In a promotion that may remind some of the “Real Men of Genius” commercials, Case CE (Case Construction Equipment) has teamed up with country music artist Kip Moore to salute the real American heroes who work in the construction industry. Case is also bringing Moore to Racine’s Festival Park to headline their “Labor of Love Music Festival” on Monday. Proceeds from tickets and a silent auction will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Labor festivals in Kenosha, Racine, and Milwaukee
Last but not least, the reason for Monday’s federal holiday: “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
- Kenosha Laborfest, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the St. Therese picnic grounds (9005 22nd Ave.), features “booths from all labor organizations in the Kenosha area. Raffle prizes, beer tent and activities for the whole family.”
- Racine Area Labor Fest / Car & Motorcycle Show at Caledonia-Mt. Pleasant Joint Park (9614 County Road K in Franksville) starts at either 11 a.m. or noon, depending on which Facebook page you consult. In addition to workers, union leaders and local legislators, you can also check out classic, antique, street, muscle, custom cars, and motorcycles.
- Milwaukee’s Laborfest parade starts at 11 a.m. at Zeidler Square Memorial Park (301 W. Michigan St.) and proceeds to the Summerfest grounds. The festival is from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Henry Maier Festival Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
As always, you can stay up to date with local and regional events all year round by visiting the Creative Root Events Page. Thanks for all your hard work — and for sharing, liking, and subscribing to ours.