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A great weekend for live music is shaping up in Racine County. You can catch free music in Waterford and Racine. Then, enjoy a duck derby, capture some carp and watch some football! Real Racine has these great ideas.

Music on the river. Get a weekend head start in Waterford. The Waterford River Rhythms 2017 season kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Village Hall Park, 123 N. River St., with Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and get down with exciting eight-piece show band. Prior to the free concert, the village will officially open the seasonal kayak, stand-up paddleboard and canoe rental along the Fox River. For the full concert lineup, visit

More music Downtown. The Music on the Monument concert series starts its 15th season on Friday. The free concert, with rock ‘n roll hits players The Sentinels, is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Monument Square in Downtown Racine. The concerts are held every Friday through August 25. Chairs are provided. If the weather is bad, the concerts will move inside to the Red Onion Cafe across the street. Visit for the concert lineup.

Make it first. The monthly party — First Fridays — is 4 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Racine. The Huntsmen are playing at Monument Square and Fourcast appears at Crosswalk Park starting at 6 p.m. You can take a carriage ride from Monument Square or just stroll along Main and Sixth streets for shopping, live music and food/drink specials. The Racine Art Museum (RAM), 441 Main St., is open all day with free admission. The Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main St., has a special exhibit on Racine native Paul P. Harris, founder of Rotary International. More details at

Just ducky. Family fun is in store for the annual Rubber Duck Derby presented by Focus on Community and the Racine Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services. It starts at 11 a.m. Saturday. The event, held at Island Park, 1698 Liberty St., includes rubber duck races down the Root River, a Duck-O-Rate contest, a school raffle, games, food and music. Purchase your duck (starting at just $5 each) for your chance to win up to $500. Details at:

Look out, carp! There’s price on carps’ heads this weekend. Fox River CAUSE will pay a $1 bounty on every carp longer than 6 inches caught in the Fox River or Tichigan Lake. Carp are a nuisance fish that harm habitat for game fish like bass and pike. Bring the carp to the Wisconsin Department and Natural Resources (DNR) boat launch, 31421 Bridge Drive, Waterford from 12 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Visit The DNR reminds everyone that this is Free Fun Weekend with free state park and trail admission and fees waived for fishing and ATV trail use.

Opening night. The Racine Raiders — Racine’s hometown football team — season home opener is Saturday against Mid-State Football League rival Chi City Ducks. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Horlick Field,1748 N. Memorial Drive. As always, the Raiders provide a lot of entertainment and exciting play. Tickets at the gate are $8 adults, $6 seniors and $4 students. Veterans with ID are admitted free. Save money with advance ticket purchases. For ticket outlets visit

Cars and barbecue. A June tradition gets under way Sunday at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. The Union Grove Lions Club present a chicken barbecue and car show from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Lions will be serving their famous chicken, for $9 per plate, starting at 10:30 a.m. There is also a bake sale and cow pie bingo starting at 12 noon.

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