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Pumpkins will be flying in Union Grove this weekend. If that’s not enough, you can catch a pair of new stage productions, attend a huge craft event or enjoy a classical music performance. Come along with Real Racine.

Watch out for soaring squash. Come and watch the pumpkins fly at the Great Pumpkin Chuckin Festival at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. This celebration of all things pumpkin features a lively competition to see which team’s device can hurl a pumpkin the greatest distance. There is also a pumpkin bakeoff, a chili cook-off, a pie eating contest, a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned BBQ cook-off, kids costume contest, live music and much more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Free admission and parking. Presented by the Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. Visit

A new comedy. The curtain goes up this weekend on “Kitchen Witches” at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. This hilarious comedy is about two cable TV cooking show hostesses who can’t stand each other – on and off camera. It’s described as a blend of Martha Stewart and Paula Dean with a heavy dash of Jerry Springer. You can catch it at 7:30 p.m. Friday or Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The show runs weekends through Nov. 6. Ticket info. at 262-633-4218 or

Fairytales and more. Combine classic fairy tales with live, classic rock and humor and you get “OOHPIE vs. the Big Bad Wolf.” This is an original children’s theater event for the whole family from Over Our Head Players. Performances are at 7 p.m. Friday and at 12 and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sixth Street Theatre, 381 Sixth St. All seats are $8. “OOPHIE” continues Oct. 28 and 29. Tickets at 262-632-6802 or

Festival time. We’re in the heart of fall craft and gift shopping. One of the area’s bigger shows, Racine Fall Festival, is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. You’ll see approximately 90 crafters and vendors. Free admission. It’s a great opportunity pick up something for friends, family or yourself. Visit

Presenting Brahms. The Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin presents two opportunities to hear “A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms this weekend. Both performances feature pianists James and Susan McKeever, soprano Nancy Anne Davis and baritone Tim Rebers. The presentations are at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., Racine, and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Frances Bedford Concert Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus, 900 Wood Road, Somers. Advance tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors and $5 students. Visit or call 262-634-3250.

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Paul Holley is retired from careers in journalism, public relations and marketing but not from life. These days, he pretty much writes about what he feels like writing. You may contact him directly at:...