We didn’t plan it this way, but the events attracting our attention this week are all taking place west of I-94. Things out in the counties can be a little more down-to-earth, a little less swarmed by paparazzi and public relations types, but that doesn’t mean they are any less fun. Maybe when you don’t have as many elevators and Starbucks close at hand, you’re forced to come up with other things to do — especially to pumpkins.

Union Grove Great Pumpkin Chuckin Fest

It’s not every day around here that you get to see a trebuchet in action — let alone a trebuchet hurling Cucurbita pepo squash through the air. Saturday and Sunday, however, you may well witness this very thing at the Union Grove Great Pumpkin Chuckin Fest. The website also mentions catapults and sling shots, but the trebuchet has fascinated us sent they chucked that piano on Northern Exposure. If flying pumpkins aren’t enough excitement for you, there’s also a Kansas City BBQ Society-sanctioned cook-off with $5,700 in cash prizes. The Racine County Fairgrounds are at 19805 Durand Avenue in Union Grove.

Town of Salem’s 4th Annual PumpkinDaze Festival

What is it about pumpkins that makes people want to damage them? We don’t know, but we’re happy to take advantage of any excuse for a public festival with live music, food, and arts and crafts to browse and buy. Salem’s PumpkinDaze has all that and maybe some exploding pumpkins as well on Saturday, running all the way from 9 a.m. until midnight. 4 Grand will be appearing, as will Bella Cain. PumpkinDaze is held at the Salem Highway/Fire Building, 11252 254th Court (Highway C) in Trevor.

2015 Wisconsin State Yo-Yo Contest

Burlington has long been home to the Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum. On Saturday, the second of those two old-fashioned toys will be in the hands of experts as the 2015 Wisconsin State Yo-Yo Contest takes place at the The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine (492 N. Pine Street), Burlington’s charming little venue for all sorts of performances.


For a whole bunch of other things going on down county roads and city streets, take a gander at our Events pages.There are haunted houses, a Walking Ghost Tour of Downtown Racine, live theatre events like Arsenic and Old Lace at the Racine Theatre Guild, various runs and walks, and much more.

As always, thanks for clicking and sharing. Have a wonderful weekend — and a fairly decent week as well.


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