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It’s a great August weekend for lots of things! In Racine County, you’ll find one of the area’s largest car shows, a downtown party, music and festivals. Real Racine has you covered.

Cars, trucks and bikes. It’s big and it’s back! The Racine Zoo’s 19th Annual Classic, Car, Truck and Bike Show is expected to bring more than 350 vehicles to the zoo, 2131 N Main St. on Sunday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This show has 23 vehicle classes and will award more than 75 trophies, including three Best in Show awards. Advance registration is $10 on the zoo’s website ( or at the administrative offices (200 Goold St.) On-site registration starting at 8 a.m. Sunday is $15 per vehicle. While you’re looking at the incredible cars, you can grab food and beverages and spin the North Shore Bank prize wheel. Other sponsors are Racine Harley-Davidson and Erikson Auto Trim. Regular zoo admission applies — $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 children ages 3 through 15.

It’s a Friday party. The third Friday of the month is a reason to party in Downtown Racine. Stop Downtown from 4 to 9 p.m. for shopping and food/drink specials. Final Approach is performing on Monument Square from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again in the evening. Visit

Double up on Aquaducks. If you haven’t seen the amazing Browns Lake Aquaducks water-ski show, you get two chances this weekend. The ski team performs Thursday — junior show at 5 p.m. and the main show at 6:30 p.m. A special benefit show for Matt Gill (a UW-Whitewater water-ski team member injured last year) starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The shows are at Fischer Park, Highway 11 east of Burlington. Congratulations to the Aquaducks for taking second place in Division 2 in this year’s Wisconsin State Water Ski Tournament. Visit

A music finale. The Music & More Concert Series wraps up its 2014 season with a special concert at 7 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave. Becky Spice and Jack Wilson will perform vocal and piano. Mark Paffrath, Jeff Ward and Zachary Scot Johnson will perform as an acoustic trio. Admission is $10.

A pair of festivals. Caledonia will be hopping with two weekend parish festivals. St. Rita Family Festival runs Friday through Sunday at 4339 Douglas Ave. They’ll have carnival rides, live music, food and raffles. Visit The St. Louis Parish Festival is Saturday and Sunday at 13207 Highway G. They’re planning live music, a car and tractor show and an auction. Visit

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