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Experience the fall harvest as it used to be, see a new play, catch a community celebration and visit lots of cool cats! It’s all happening this weekend in Racine County. Come along with us at Real Racine.

Farming history. The 27th Annual Fall Harvest Days brings the best in antique working farm equipment to the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. The event’s 2018 theme of “belt and steam” will feature the steam-powered machinery that was once made in Racine. You’ll also see garden tractors, vintage cars and trucks, gasoline-powered engines and demonstrations of hay baling, threshing and wood shingle cutting. There are kids activities, crafts, flea market food and an Amish quilt raffle. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger. A special Saturday night tractor pull at the grandstand is $5. It’s all presented by the Southeast Wisconsin Antique Power and Collectibles Society. Visit

Visit the Village. A family-friendly block party is planned for Mount Pleasant Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event will be held at the Village of Mount Pleasant’s new Campus Park, 8500 Campus Drive. It will include booths from local businesses and village services, fire and emergency equipment displays, food, live music from Risky Business and Super Fly, raffles and a beer garden. Helicopter rides will be available for an extra fee. There are also games and activities for kids with the Mount Pleasant Police Department and the South Shore Fire Department. Free admission. Please enter Campus Drive from 90th Street and park at Village Hall, along Campus Drive or 90th Street.

Grab a brew. The Great Lake Brew Fest celebrates its 15th year from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Racine Zoo, 2131 N. Main St. This regional beer festival attracts nearly 5,000 attendees from throughout the region to sample more than 450 craft beers and hard ciders plus the creations from more than 16 Midwestern home brew clubs. Food from area restaurants will be available for purchase and there’s entertainment by the Kilties Mad Plaid horn line and DuoSonic. General admission (must be age 21+) is $50 and includes a souvenir glass. A VIP pass ($90) is available that includes one hour early entry the choice of a special edition 15th anniversary stein or a 22 oz. bottle of a limited edition Black Kilt stout. Designated driver tickets are $18 (general admission) and $29 (VIP). Brew Fest benefits the Racine Kilties Drum & Bugle Corps. Advance tickets at:

Now on stage. Two new plays open in Racine this weekend. The Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., presents “Blithe Spirit”, a farce filled with mystical life, love and absurdity. It’s a story about a skeptical novelist who invites a medium into his home to conduct a séance and accidentally conjures up the spirit of his late wife. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. “Blithe Spirit” runs weekends through Sept. 30. Tickets and show times at 262-633-4218 or At the Sixth Street Theatre, the Over Our Head Players present “Theatre/Schmeatre”, an evening of original sketch comedies. Get ready for satire, silliness and tunes from top local musicians. Performances are at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday. The show runs weekends through Sept.29. Tickets at: 262-632-6802 or

Cats and more cats. The Feline Groovy Cat Show is Saturday and Sunday at Memorial Hall, 72 Seventh St., Racine. This annual event, presented by the Cats Rule Cat Club, features pedigree and household pet cats and kittens. There will be judging in five show rings each day. Prize raffles and vendors with cat-related products. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 adults, $5 seniors (65+) and $3 children (age 10 and younger). Visit

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