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Beach Week is back! Grab your umbrella and chair and head for Racine’s North Beach for exciting volleyball tournaments. This weekend also features festivals, a rodeo, a huge running event and Father’s Day celebrations. It’s all happening in Racine County. Real Racine has the inside scoop.

Sand, sun and volleyball. The best in beach volleyball action is at Racine’s North Beach, 100 Kewaunee St., Friday through Sunday. The EVP Beach Sports Festival, presented by Real Racine, brings professional and amateur teams from throughout the country to compete for prizes. Spectator admission is free. The juniors tournament gets underway at 8:30 a.m. Friday and continues on Saturday. The men’s and women’s pro teams take the courts starting Saturday morning. These two-person pro teams will battle for the top cash prize of $1,000. The men’s finals starts at 10 a.m. Sunday followed by the women’s finals at 11 a.m. For team registration and details, visit

A music weekend. Kraut Music Fest is back with a new admission twist from Friday through Sunday at Caledonia-Mount Pleasant Memorial Park, 9614 Hwy. K, Franksville. This year, daily admission is just $10 per carload – no extra charge for parking. Walk-ins are $5. The event includes music on two stages, a Kids Zone (presented by Real Racine), carnival midway and a huge assortment of food specialties. The annual Kraut Queen and Princess coronation is Friday, kraut eating contest is Saturday afternoon, antique fire engine display is Saturday and the car/truck/motorcycle show is Sunday. Kraut Fest hours are 12 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Details and music lineup at:

German celebration. Get a taste of Germany at the 2nd Annual German Fest from 12 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Harbor Lite Yacht Club, 559 State St. Enjoy a day of authentic German food and beer, games, contests and raffles. German music and dancing all afternoon (1 to 6 p.m.). The Allstars band rocks the stage in the evening. Admission is $5. Benefits the Downtown Racine Corp. More at:

Running along. The Lighthouse Run, one of the summer’s biggest running events, is Saturday morning. Runners can choose from a 10-mile competitive race, a 4-mile competitive run/walk or a 4-mile and 2-mile fun run. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. and the first run begins at 7:45 a.m. from the Racine Family YMCA Lakefront Branch, 725 Lake Ave. Post-run festivities include music, awards, kids dash the mascot challenge and dance contests. Details at

Rodeo thrills. Two nights of rodeo thrills are coming to the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. The Big Hat Rodeo presents all the favorites — calf roping, steer wrestling, bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults. Youth (ages 5 through 11) and seniors (age 65+) get in for $10.

Music from the ‘toons. The season’s first Racine Symphony Orchestra (RSO) Summer Pops concert promises to be fun for the family. The theme is “Cartoons in Classical Music.” The concert starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $23 in advance; $25 at the door. Free for youth, ages 20 and younger, but tickets are required. If you can’t make this one, the next RSO Summer Pops concert is Aug. 25.To order, call 262-636-9285 or visit

Fun for dad. Celebrate Father’s Day with the Racine Zoo’s Putt-Putt Golf Tournament and BBQ from 12 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. Includes a catered lunch, draft beer, 18-hole golf tournament (starting at 9 a.m.), access to a “Man Cave,” family photo and craft station. Admission is $35 ($25 for Zoo members). Reservations at

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.