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The weather forecast calls for a sunny weekend with greatly improved dewpoints, so turn off your A/C, apply some sunscreen, and get out to see your fellow citizens and enjoy some creativity.

County fair season begins

It’s always fascinating to see what kinds of crafts, baking, and pickling the people of a county have been up to — and what sort of vegetables and livestock they have been growing and raising, what with their 4H Clubs and quilting bees and so on. Plus, come November, your chance to stuff yourself full of corn dogs and jump on a carnival ride will be over. So pack the family in the car and head to Union Grove for the Racine County Fair  which runs through Sunday. Bella Cain performs tonight, and Chase Rice headlines on Saturday night.

Concurrent with the the Racine County Fair is the Lake County Fair at Grayslake, Illinois. In addition to a multitude of agriculture and livestock attractions, it offers a roster of cover bands and the like in its Grandstand Beer Garden.

Taste of Wisconsin

This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Kiwanis Club of Western Kenosha’s annual Taste of Wisconsin takes over the eastern portion of HarborPark on Kenosha’s lakeshore. Admission is free, and cash is accepted for food and beverages from over 40 Wisconsin vendors. Live music from over 80 acts will be showcased on four stages (rock, acoustic, jazz, and main) over the three days — plus there will be cooking demos and kids’ activities.

Pike River Rendezvous

Across the harbor in Kenosha’s Simmons Island Park, the 17th annual Pike River Rendezvous is happening on Saturday and Sunday. A fair centered around our region’s fur-trading past, the Rendezvous includes some 300 reenactors and everything from storytelling and music to pirate battles and juggling. Vendors will also be selling food, beverages, crafts and souvenirs.

Church Festivals

There are several annual church festivals of note taking place this weekend. On Kenosha’s north side, the St. Peter’s Family Festival at St. Peter Parish  (2224 30th Ave.) includes a Friday Fish Fry, kugelis, a raffle with a $5,000 first prize, and yet another chance to see Bella Cain perform live. Farther west on Saturday, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church holds its Family Fun Day and Auction, featuring farm animal races every half hour, and an outdoor polka mass at 3 p.m. The church is at 1704 240th Ave. in Brighton — or do you call it Kansasville?

Both Saturday and Sunday off Highway 31 in southern Racine County, there’s the annual Serbian Days Festival at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, 6108 Braun Rd. in Mount Pleasant. It’s a quaint event, featuring Serbian home cooking and Serbian music.

Finally on Sunday, St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church presents Armenian Fest, the “largest Armenian festival in the Midwest,” at Festival Park on the Racine lakefront, with food, music, and dance, plus a liturgy at 10 a.m.

Starving Artists Outdoor Art Fair

The Racine Art Guild‘s big 47th annual Starving Artists Outdoor Art Fair takes place on Sunday from 9 to 4 on the Gateway Technical College campus along Racine’s lakefront. No piece of mostly original artwork in this juried art fair is priced above $300. The fair also includes children’s art activities, music and food. The ethnic group Inkapirka will perform, as well as Racine’s Unified Schools String Quartet directed by Angela Janota, and talented student musicians from Walden High School. Food will be provided by Hot Dog Man, Envi Lounge, and Mark Chappe Concessions.

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